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    Richard Stark(Author) Stephen R Thorne(Reader)
Together at last. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake, one of the greats of crime fiction, wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hard-boiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists and a code all his own. With the publication of the last four Parker novels Westlake wrote--Breakout, Nobody Runs Forever, Ask the Parrot, and Dirty Money--the University of Chicago Press pulls the ultimate score: for the first time ever, the entire Parker series will be available from a single publisher.

Parker's got a new fence and a new plan to get the loot back from a botched job in Dirty Money, but a bounty hunter, the FBI, and the local cops are on his tail. Only his brains, his cool, and the help of his lone longtime dame, Claire, can keep him one step ahead of the cars and the guns.

Featuring new forewords by Chris Holm, Duane Swierczynski, and Laura Lippman--celebrated crime writers, all--these masterworks of noir are the capstone to an extraordinary literary run that will leave you craving more. Written over the course of fifty years, the Parker novels are pure artistry, adrenaline, and logic both brutal and brilliant. Join Parker on his jobs and read them all again or for the first time. But don't talk to the law.

"The nice thing about the rather nasty stories Stark writes about a career criminal named Parker is that none of the significant characters is ever innocent. Which is why it's so easy to laugh when their intricate schemes begin to unravel. . . . Everyone in this merry misadventure ends up at Bosky Rounds, a quaint bed-and-breakfast that looks like the cover art for Yankee magazine--something to bear in mind on leaf-peeing excursions to picturesque New England villages."--Marilyn Stasio "New York Times ""Slamming through a new crime novel by Westlake--and it's hard to drag your feet once the process starts--is a little like spelunking in a cave system whose twisted paths lead to fascinating galleries and grottoes, some bright and sparkly, some shadowy and frightening. Dirty Money and the other thrillers Westlake writes under the pseudonym of Richard Stark are of the latter category, an exploration of caverns dark and gritty. But even with the ground shifting under your feet and a sense of foreboding in the air, the experience is compelling and oddly exhilarating. . . . Ever the pro, Parker takes each hitch in stride, keeping his eye on the prize."--Dick Lochte "Los Angeles Times " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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