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Dirty Money: A Parker Novel

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    Richard Stark(Author)
In Ask the Parrot, Parker and his two cohorts had stolen the assets of a bank in transit, but the police heat was so great they could only escape if they left the money behind. In this follow-up novel, Parker and his associates plot to reclaim the loot, which they hid in the choir loft of an unused country church. As they implement the plan, people on both sides of the law use the forces at their command to stop Parker and seize the money for themselves. Remorseless as ever, Parker will do whatever it takes to redeem his prize, no matter who gets hurt in the process. His new getaway van may have 'Holy Redeemer Choir' emblazoned on its doors, but Parker is no choirboy ...

'Parker is probably the genre's most captivating anti-hero . he's showing little signs of ageing and neither is Stark's prose - it's as lean, hungry and tightly plotted as ever . superior entertainment.' Daily Mirror (Book of the Week). (Daily Mirror)

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Richard Stark(Author)
  • Quercus (4 Feb. 2010)
  • English
  • 4
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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  • By Mick Read on 13 July 2009

    As mean and merciless as ever, Parker commits a run-of-the-mill robbery because he needs some cash to tide him over until he can recover the much bigger haul of marked greenbacks he and his current accomplices had to hide away whilst escaping from last week's heist. It's a Richard Stark roller-coaster, no holds barred, no prose wasted, cut to the quick and we're off again with one of fiction's most amoral and, dare I say it, enjoyable characters.Nobody moves more quickly through a novel than Stark; you have only just started reading and next minute you are ejected out the rear end like space-station rubbish. Where did that time go? Well, while you were in there, trying to keep up with Parker, you had a co-heister caught and lost by the police, a new woman arrived, she is a private detective, by the way, who wants Parker to locate for her the dead body from a previous escapade so that she can claim the bounty, she is telling, yes telling Parker that she is now the beneficiary of the said co-heister's share and there's nothing Parker can do about it because she has some mighty incriminating evidence that might just fall into the hands of the police if Parker does the wrong thing.......whoa, slow down, I need to catch my breath.......no time, we have to check the money is where we left it, find a way of getting to it now that the police are crawling all over the area and just waiting for any sign of the robbers returning to collect their prize and........enough.If you like Parker, you'll love this.

  • By James N. Beatson on 24 March 2010

    Stark's anti-hero Parker is in fine form as usual. No-one does hard-boiled like Stark!A previous reviewer criticised this book by saying that in the past, Parker would never allow himself to be blackmailed by a female bounty hunter, but would have simply killed her and moved on. That reader obviously failed to grasp the point that she had a dossier on Parker and his current crew which was held by a third party to be released to the law if anything happened to her.Crisply plotted, with taut dialogue and great action, this is a welcome addition to the Parker legend. Long may he reign in the dark world he inhabits!Jim Beatson

  • By Alan JB on 31 March 2013

    All the 'Parker' books are a great read. I have no hesitation recommending them to everyone. It's a shame Richard Stark isn't around to write any more.

  • By t macdonald on 27 February 2016

    just a few pages in, but it is looking like an other little jem from Richard Stark.

  • By M. Hunter on 7 October 2014

    Like all the Richard Stark Parker series, excellently plotted and written. Some readers may be offended that Parker, cold-blooded robber, ready to kill when necessary, able to recover seamlessly from unexpected setbacks, gets away with it. Some may wonder whether his girlfriend Claire is a remotely credible character. But for me, personally, it is so well done that none of that matters. I am amazed that Stark can also write as Westlake, whose characters, while still criminal, are written so humorously that they seem to inhabit a different world from Parker.How can one person manage two such different feelings when recounting fairly similar plots? I am awestruck.

  • By Simon Northwood on 13 February 2014

    Came to the Parker character through the gorgeous Darwyn Cooke IDW adaptations and bought the cheapest, highest rated book. I later find out this is towards the end but I don't think it looses anything for it. Tense is the word.

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