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  • The Hunter  | Richard Stark

    The Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    You probably haven't noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack. They're heisters.

    Jane says: "It was fun. It was different."
  • The Outfit | Richard Stark

    The Outfit

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    The Outfit was organized crime with a capital O. They were big. They were bad. They were brutal. And no crook ever crossed them and lived to enjoy it. Except Parker. So they wanted Parker dead, and a hit man proved they meant business. Too bad for the Outfit he missed. Ripping off the Outfit was the easy part of Parker's game. Going one-on-one with Bronson, the Outfit's Big Boss, was the hard part.

    Frank Juarez says: "Book 3 Parker is hunted by the mob"
  • The Mourner | Richard Stark

    The Mourner

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
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    The heist was a piece of cake. It didn't bother Parker that the priceless statue was in a Russian diplomat's house… because he had no scruples about ripping off a Red. It didn't bother Parker that his ex-girlfriend had blackmailed him into pulling this job… because he figured out how to make an extra fifty grand on the deal. It did bother Parker that somebody else was trying to steal the statue first - because being second wasn't Parker's style. Whether he was up against the mob or the KGB, Parker intended to beat them all at the stealing game. Of course, he didn't count on a double cross....

    beanlynch says: "A Good Read, But There Are Better Parker Stories"
  • Butcher's Moon: A Parker Novel, Book 16 | Richard Stark

    Butcher's Moon: A Parker Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    The 16th Parker novel, Butcher’s Moon, is more than twice as long most of the master heister’s adventures, and absolutely jammed with the action, violence, and nerve-jangling tension listeners have come to expect. Back in the corrupt town where he lost his money, and nearly his life, in Slayground, Parker assembles a stunning cast of characters from throughout his career for one gigantic, blowout job: starting - and finishing - a gang war. It feels like the Parker novel to end all Parker novels, and for nearly 25 years, that’s what it was.

    Jane says: "Great suspense. Great read."
  • The Jugger | Richard Stark

    The Jugger

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
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    Not many men knew what Parker did for a living, because what he did was steal. But Joe Sheer, a retired safecracker knew. He knew Parker's alias, his whereabouts, his plans... and because he knew too much, he knew to keep his mouth shut. Or die. But Joe was more than ready to trade what he knew for what every man needs - his freedom. So Parker had come to Nebraska to find the old jugger... and probably murder him. But what Parker found was trouble: Joe was already six feet under.

    OldDog says: "Typical Parker with Poorly Chosen Reader"
  • The Man with the Getaway Face | Richard Stark

    The Man with the Getaway Face

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style, Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. There were some good parts."
  • Plunder Squad: A Parker Novel, Book 15 | Richard Stark

    Plunder Squad: A Parker Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    When a job looks like amateur hour, Parker walks away. But even a squad of seasoned professionals can’t guarantee against human error in a high-risk scam. Can an art dealer with issues unload a truck of paintings with Parker’s aid? Or will the heist end up too much of a human interest story, as luck runs out before Parker can get in on the score?

    R. Reimschuessel says: "Classic Parker"
  • The Damsel: Alan Grofield, Book 1 | Richard Stark

    The Damsel: Alan Grofield, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
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    The Damsel begins directly after the Parker novel The Handle. Following a wounded Grofield and his damsel on a scenic, action-packed road trip from Mexico City to Acapulco, The Damsel is full of wit, adrenaline, and political intrigue.

    R. Reimschuessel says: "Almost as good as Parker"
  • The Black Ice Score: A Parker Novel | Richard Stark

    The Black Ice Score: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
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    The good guys in a new African nation were missing a treasury full of diamonds. The nation's corrupt leader had stashed the rocks somewhere in New York City. Now the good guys needed a specialist to get their diamonds back. So they came to the best in the business: Parker. Only the three mysterious tough guys came to Parker, too. They figured three hands filled with .38s could convince him to pass up this international gem game. But leaning on Parker was like pressuring a box of TNT with a short fuse.

    D. E. Dickerson says: "Nasty, brutish, and short..."
  • Dirty Money  | Richard Stark

    Dirty Money

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    Master criminal Parker takes another turn for the worse as he tries to recover loot from a heist gone terribly wrong. Parker and two cohorts stole the assets of a bank in transit, but the police heat was so great they could only escape if they left the money behind. Now Parker and his associates plot to reclaim the loot, which they hid in the choir loft of an unused country church.

    Jane says: "2 ½ stars. It was hard to stay interested."
  • Slayground: A Parker Novel, Book 14 | Richard Stark

    Slayground: A Parker Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    The hunter becomes prey, as a heist goes sour and Parker finds himself trapped in a shuttered amusement park, besieged by a bevy of local mobsters. There are no exits from Fun Island. Outnumbered and outgunned, Parker can’t afford a single miscalculation. He’s low on bullets - but, as anyone who’s crossed his path knows, that definitely doesn’t mean he’s defenseless.

    Jane says: "Wow!!!!! I was surprised and so impressed"
  • Flashfire: Parker, Book 19 | Richard Stark

    Flashfire: Parker, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Mark Peckham
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    Between Parker's 1961 debut and his return in the late 1990s, the world of crime changed considerably. Now fake IDs and credit cards have to be purchased from specialists; increasingly sophisticated policing makes escape and evasion tougher; and, worst of all, money has gone digital - the days of cash-stuffed payroll trucks were long gone. But cash isn't everything, and now Parker's after a fortune in jewels. In Flashfire, Parker's in West Palm Beach, competing with a crew that has an unhealthy love of explosions. When things go sour, Parker finds himself shot and trapped - and forced to rely on a civilian to survive.

    Jane says: "This was pretty good."
  • Ask the Parrot  | Richard Stark

    Ask the Parrot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    Racing through the backwoods of Massachusetts and on the verge of being taken down for one of the biggest and most disastrous bank heists the state has ever seen, Parker runs right into the barrel of a gun pointed from the wrong side of the law. A quiet and angry recluse with only a silent parrot for company in his seclusion, Tom Lindahl saves Parker from the police dogs, but enmeshes him in yet another in a long line of dubious, highly dangerous, but seriously profitable jobs.

    Jane says: "Ok. Not as good as some of the others,"
  • The Green Eagle Score: A Parker Novel | Richard Stark

    The Green Eagle Score: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
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    Here’s Parker—planning to steal the entire payroll of an Air Force base in upstate New York, with help from Marty Fusco, fresh out of the pen, and a smart-aleck finance clerk named Devers. Holed up with family in a scrappy little town, the hoisters prepare for the risky job by trying to shorten the odds. But the ice is thinner than Parker likes to think—and Marty’s ex-wife is much more complicated.

    Van A. Plexico says: "A great Parker caper with fantastic narration"
  • Backflash: A Parker Novel | Richard Stark

    Backflash: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
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    Backflash finds Parker checking out the scene on a Hudson River gambling boat. Parker’s no fan of either relaxation or risk, however, so you can be sure he’s playing with house money - and he’s willing to do anything to tilt the odds in his favor. Featuring a great cast of heisters, a striking setting, and a new introduction by Westlake’s close friend and writing partner, Lawrence Block, this classic Parker adventure deserves a place of honor in any crime fan’s library.

    Jane says: "This one was good."
  • Lemons Never Lie: A Hard Case Crime Novel | Richard Stark

    Lemons Never Lie: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Steve Aveson
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    When he's not carrying out heists with his friend Parker, Alan Grofield runs a small theater in Indiana. But putting on shows costs money and jobs have been thin lately, so Grofield agrees to hear Andrew Myers' plan to knock over a brewery in upstate New York. Unfortunately, the plan is insane, so Grofield walks out. Myers isn't a man you walk out on, and his retribution is an act of unforgivable brutality.

    Matt says: "An entertaining caper / revenge story."
  • The Blackbird: An Alan Grofield Novel, Book 3 | Richard Stark

    The Blackbird: An Alan Grofield Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
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    After a traumatic car crash, Grofield gets caught. Lying injured in the hospital, Grofield is visited by G-men who offer him an alternative to jail, and he finds himself forced into a deadly situation involving international criminals and a political conspiracy.

  • The Dame: An Alan Grofield Novel, Book 2 | Richard Stark

    The Dame: An Alan Grofield Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
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    Donald E. Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote 24 fast-paced, hard boiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists. Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker. The Dame finds Grofield in Puerto Rico protecting a rich, demanding woman in her isolated jungle villa, and reluctantly assuming the role of detective.

  • The Handle | Richard Stark

    The Handle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
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    Baron is clever - perhaps too clever. He sits on the heavily protected island of Cockaigne, a mini-Las Vegas forty miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, raking in as much as $250,000 some nights, laughing at the Outfit, who can’t collect their cut. Now the Outfit can no longer stand the loss of face - not to mention the loss of revenue. That’s why they’ve sent for Parker, who knows that the line between success and failure on this score would be exactly the length of the barrel of a .38.

    Kindle Customer says: "S L O W"
  • Comeback: A Parker Novel  | Richard Stark

    Comeback: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (22)
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    After the bloodbath of Butcher’s Moon, the action-filled blowout Parker adventure, Donald Westlake said, “Richard Stark proved to me that he had a life of his own by simply disappearing. He was gone.” But nothing bad is truly gone forever, and Parker’s as bad as they come. According to Westlake, one day in 1997, “suddenly, he came back from the dead” - and the resulting novel, Comeback, showed that neither Stark nor Parker had lost a single step. Knocking over a highly lucrative religious revival show, Parker reminds us that not all criminals don ski masks.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. This was ok,"
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