The Score (Parker #5)
It was an impossible crime: knock off an entire North Dakota town called Copper Canyon—clean out the plant payroll, both banks, and all the stores in one night. Parker called it "science fiction," but with the right men (a score of them), he could figure it out to the last detail. It could work. If the men behaved like pros, cool and smart; if they didn't get impatient, st...more
After reading five of the Parker novels, I figured out why love them so much. It's two aspects: Parker's superb ability to plan heists and trying to figure out how the inevitable double cross is going to go when it happens. The Score illustrates this nicely. As usual, Parker's cruel professional ...more
A solid crew is put together, a plan developed, and even the amateur who came up with the idea, Edgars, seems smart and willing to let ...more
I've read Parker #1, #3 and now #5. You'd think I was hitting all the odd ones first. Nah. That's just what my local library has ...more
This is the first Parker book I have read -- in fact, it is the first I have read by author Richard Stark/Donald Westlake. I enjoyed reading about Parker and would definitely read anoth ...more
This wasn’t as good as some of the others in the series, but it was ok. I’m intrigued with Parker, and that keeps me reading.
Edgars has an idea for stealing from several businesses at the same time in a North Dakota town. He tells a guy who brings in Parker to plan and run it. It will require 12 to 20 guys.
The ending was weak. Things felt hanging and not wrapped up well. I would have liked a different ending for some of the good guys w ...more
This is the weakest I've read, but that said, it remains a pleasure to read from beginning to end. Most of the characters are lightly sketched, but we get to see more of how Parker operates in the midst of a complex crime. He puts victims at ease by learning and using their first names before they are tied up and gagged. That's a nice touch. When a not-to-bright colleague brings a young woman i ...more
Turns out there was a French New Wave movie made of this one, would love to see it but doesn't look like it's been released on any format, so not much chance.
Highly recommended for fans of hardboiled caper fiction.
Another very strong tale from the Parker series as written by Richard Stark / Donald E. Wes ...more
He was gradually convinced. A small town with a curfew and a tiny police force. Two banks, a mine with a substantial payroll, jewelry stores. Hit it late at night while everyone was in bed, only a handful of people to deal with.
It would take a lar ...more
Stark's prose is every bit as tough and gritty as all of them. His Parker character doesn't take his hat off to nobody - not even Phillip Marlowe.
This is noir at its best. No question.
Followed by The Jugger.
The resulting film, Pillaged , was released stateside on November 15, 1967. Alain Cavalier directed and co-scripted the film. Claude Sautet ...more
There is no other character in literature like Parker. So many other characters are derivative of Parker, that I feel like you really get something from reading it in the purest form. I think it was Stephen King who said that these books constitute a genre unto themselves. But, whoe ...more
Honestly, I was bored. I think there are several reasons for this, the first being the quality of the first four. Those worked so well they had set up an expectation that novel #5 just didn’t meet.
It’s also partly because those books were, in a sense, a quartet. The first, The Hunter, ...more
In "The Score", Park is approached by an amateur about a huge d ...more