"Ask the Parrot" is a masterpiece of lean writing and tight plotting, rough humour and deft characterization, the latest in Richard Stark's "Parker" series which has won him a wide following across the world of crime fiction addicts. Parker is on the run after a country town bank robbery goes wrong. There are road blocks in the lanes, and search ...
"Ask the Parrot" is a masterpiece of lean writing and tight plotting, rough humour and deft characterization, the latest in Richard Stark's "Parker" series which has won him a wide following across the world of crime fiction addicts. Parker is on the run after a country town bank robbery goes wrong. There are road blocks in the lanes, and search parties with sniffer dogs are out in the woods. Separated from his associates, Parker is confronted by a local citizen with a shotgun. But this citizen is not out to arrest him: he wants Parker to help him carry out a robbery of his own. So Parker joins the posse looking for himself and enters into a queasy partnership with an embittered recluse intent on robbing the racetrack where he was once employed.
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-09-11 At the start of the highly entertaining new Parker novel from Stark (aka MWA Grand Master Donald Westlake), Parker is on the lam from the botched robbery in Nobody Runs Forever (2004) when he meets up with reclusive Tom Lindahl, who helps him escape a posse of Massachusetts lawmen and their pack of howling dogs. Tom rescues Parker because he has a scheme to rob a local racetrack where he was fired after blowing the whistle on illegal money laundering, and he needs the aid of a professional thief. Parker joins in not only because he knows a good heist when he hears it, but because Tom offers him a way out of a tight situation. As with any Parker novel, things go to hell in bits and pieces as the tight-knit plan unravels, while Parker, ever the cold-blooded professional, deals with the pitiful attempts of amateurs and law enforcement alike to bring him down. Why do readers love this heartless bad guy? Because he's so damn good at what he does. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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