The robbery was a piece of cake. The getaway was clean. And seven men were safely holed up in different places while Parker held all the cash. But somehow the sweet heist of a college football game turns sour, Parker's woman is murdered, and the take is stolen. Now Parker's looking for the lowlife who did him dirty, while the cops are looking for seven clever thieves - and Parker must outrun them all. When hunters and hunted meet, some win, some lose….
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I laughed several times. It starts slow but good later.
Authors: Here’s a great example of how to create a stupid (but smart) character who does wacko things. This guy really made the story. Had me laughing with surprise. I liked being in his head when he was thinking why he had to follow Parker. Because if he wasn’t always behind Parker, Parker might get behind him. He would have been smarter just to leave town, but he doesn’t - for weird reasons, and I bought it.
Cops are investigating the murder of a woman in Parker’s room and also the robbery that Parker was behind. The murderer stole the loot hidden in Parker’s room before it was divided. So now Parker and his buddies are investigating to get the money back.
I was shocked when Parker went to the homicide detective asking for information to use in his own search - and the cop gave it to him. Parker was a suspect!
The narrator Stephen R. Thorne was good, but I wish he had a rougher or more gravely voice for Parker. His Parker voice was too clean cut and normal sounding.
This is book 7 in the 24 book series. It’s about half the length of a typical novel. If you are new to the series, I suggest reading the first three, and then pick and choose among the rest. I prefer reading them in order since there is a flow, and some books have spoilers about prior books. These stories are about bad guys. They rob. They kill. They don’t go to jail. They’re smart. Parker is the main bad guy, a brilliant strategist. He partners with different guys for different jobs in each book.
The first three books in order are: The Hunter (Point Blank movie with Lee Marvin 1967) (Payback movie with Mel Gibson), The Man with the Getaway Face (The Steel Hit), The Outfit.
Genre: noir crime fiction
I dont know if there are any crappy Parker novels. Stark had this down to a science. Never boring, never drawn out. Just beautifully delivered staccatto story.
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