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The Seventh (Parker #7)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,148 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews

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—and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency—Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any

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Published May 1st 2011 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1966)
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When Parker goes out for beer and smokes after being shacked up with a woman for a couple of days he’s only gone for ten minutes. But when he gets back, he finds her dead with a sword (Yes, a freaking sword.) rammed through her. Even worse, the money Parker was holding after the robbery of the ticket offices of a football game is gone, and the cops show up minutes later.

Parker was responsible for holding the cash for his six partners, and he’s not sure if one of them has double-crossed him, or i
this one starts just after the heist: parker's stashed the boodle in his closet until the heat cools down and then he'll distribute it evenly amongst his six partners. day three in hiding, parker heads out for coffee, and upon his return, discovers that someone has plunged a sword through his naked girlfriend's chest and the bed she was lying on (no biggie), and has taken all the loot (way biggie) -- parker's gotta figure out if it was one of his team or an outsider. and then catch the thieving ...more
Feb 05, 2011 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
One of the things I find enjoyable about the Parker novels, as opposed to some other pulp-like series novels I've read, is the way Stark mixes up the manner he tells the story. Yes, there is a predictability to the novels. The reader (contemporary reader, the reader reading this series when the books first came out might have had some doubts about the resolution, the flippant way that Stark allows characters to be killed off made it possibly possible that someone might think that any one of the ...more
Dan Schwent
Parker and six other rob a football stadium for a pretty impressive haul, entrusting Parker with the take. Days later, Parker leaves his apartment to get beer and cigarettes and returns to find his girl murdered and the money missing. Can Parker get back the money before the cops get him?

Over the past seven books, I've found that the best stories are the ones that stray from the usual Parker formula. This one is no exception. Instead of pulling off a heist, Parker is primarily occupied with figu
May 31, 2016 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Parker signed on for a heist at a college football game - a chance to get himself back on his feet – the actual robbery went perfectly. It was the afterwards that was the problem. Three days later the money had gone, Parker’s latest squeeze was dead and there was someone taking pot-shots at Parker himself. There are some men who would run and hide at that turn of events. Parker, of course, isn’t one of them.

So another story where Parker plays detective, but this one actually shows the limit
Apr 09, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, thrilling spine-tingling.....better than chocolate! Just can't get enough of these now that I've started them. Apparently I called out "oh, no!" several times aloud without realizing it. I think I'm into this series.
Jane Stewart
4 stars. Entertaining. Surprising things. 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
Aug 21, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of crime noir
Recommended to Mark by: ed lynskey
Parker my favorite rather anti social criminal is shacking up with some lady who dies rather harshly when the big fellow steps out for some beer and cigarettes two days after successfully finishing a rather well paying heist. This story is not so much about the heist but the aftermath when Parker finds his "girlfriend" very dead and the cash he kept in the apartment is gone. This book is about Parker finding out what happened with the money and the girl, especially in that order, and about the s ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the momentum of these stories, the clean style, and the sheer relentlessness of the Parker character. Plus, there's something subtly strange about all of the books I've read thus far in the series. I always picture them taking place on cold, gray Fall days, with skeletal trees and steam rising from vents, and this bleakness creeps into my gut as I'm reading. All of a sudden I find myself thinking, "Man, these are some soulless motherfuckers, completely driven by fleshly desires," and then ...more
Dec 14, 2011 Harold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, fiction
Short and to the point. Like going to see a movie. Total entertainment. Tough guy stuff. What's not to like?
Dec 06, 2010 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In that neat style, "The Seventh" is not only No 7 in the Parker series, but also deals with 7 crooks sharing loot 7 ways and when someone outside the system screws up - how that seven becomes meaningless...well, till the end because nothing screws up for Parker on a permanent level.

And that is the beauty of the Parker series. It reads like oatmeal every morning and you are always happy after the meal. It is sort of the perfect airplane read but without the guilt - because these books are super
Charles Dee Mitchell
It’s an elaborate heist that requires a crew of seven to pull it off. But it works, and Parker and his men make off with over $100,000 dollars in proceeds money from an Ivy League football game. Until the heat dies down and the team can reassemble for the seven-way split, Parker keeps the money and the guns at his woman’s apartment. For Parker it hardly matters who this woman is. Approaching a job, Parker slips into an asexual mode with no interest but the upcoming heist. After a job, he’s insat ...more
May 22, 2010 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate The Seventh up there with The Hunter as the best reads in the Parker the Thief series from Richard Stark (a/k/a Donald Westlake). I was taken with his descriptions, pace, and gang's characters. Reading The Seventh is like watching a smart, tense action movie. Enjoyed over several nights.
Apr 12, 2010 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parker had only left the apartment for ten minutes to get cigarettes and beer. He'd been there for three days with the loot and guns from his latest job waiting for the heat to die down. Then he was to meet with the other six to split the proceeds.

Now Ellen wasn't answering the door, When he kicked it open, he found Ellen dead, run through with one of the swords from the wall and pinned to the bed's headboard. The two suitcases of cash were gone as well.

Then the two cops came in behind him. Once
Mar 10, 2012 V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fast, relentless read, but also a very short book. More of a novella, really.

The story and the writing are as action-packed as ever, but this time the plot turns on an odd ex-boyfriend who stumbles in on Parker and steals his money almost by accident.

The way Parker deals with the problem is his usual single-minded M.O. and the dealings with the police and with the other members of the gang are very entertaining.

My only reservation was that the cause of all the problems was a fairly clue
Jun 24, 2015 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
When I am working on a difficult writing project, these kinds of book ease the stress... This one's pretty good. Part II, ch. 4 -- all dialogue -- show that Stark is really gain mastery of the form..., here at age 33.
Dec 05, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noirboiled
The heist itself is an afterthought in the seventh Parker novel because all the problems come after the fact. After the robbery goes flawlessly, Parker is in charge of guarding the loot until time comes to divvy up with his partners, but when he steps out for ten minutes to buy beer and cigarettes, he steps back in to find the money gone. And his girl dead, too. What follows is typical Parker as problem solver--up until the point when Parker's judgment fails him and makes a colossally brazen and ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the original hard boiled tough guy. Stark (Westlake writing as Stark) boils the essence of a smart no-nonsense tough guy down from the work of the greats that wrote detective and crime fiction before him, and created Parker. Forget the movies you may have seen - be they timeless classics or modern dreck - and do yourself a favor and read these. If you like crime fiction you have to check these books out. The Chicago Press has re-released them in sharp stylish new paperbacks that are inex ...more
3.5 stars. Good one. Probably one of my favorites yet. Enjoyable story for this one.
Apr 09, 2015 Piker7977 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I must give a little preamble regarding my feelings about Parker. My ultimate favorite fictional characters have always operated on the outskirts of the law. For instance, in the medium of film; The Man With No Name, Batman, Jef Costello (Le Samourai), and Ethan Edwards round off my list of existential badasses. I have recently become fascinated with crime fiction and now incorporate Parker into my list and as the series unfolds he may even top the charts. I still have a long way to go until I r ...more
Steve Isaak
Jul 16, 2014 Steve Isaak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entry in this taut, reader-gripping series is filled with especially quirky and crazy characters and situations which collide with disastrous, often laugh-out-loud results. When a plotted killing - which has little to do with Parker - and an incidental robbery - which directly involves Parker - occurs, the master thief and his six partners (who have just completed an easy-peasy heist) fan out to relocate their missing loot, while a killer stalks Parker and the cops search for all of them.

Mar 21, 2015 Kenneth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Seventh picks up where The Jugger left off: Parker's loss of his long-held cover identity necessitates his working pretty much any job he can find, so he joins six other criminals in what seems to be a nearly perfect robbery of a college football stadium box office (possibly an inspiration for The Town?). But before they can split the take seven ways (hence the title), an unknown antagonist steals the whole boodle and kills Parker's post-heist special lady friend. A tricky game of cat-and-mo ...more
Seán Rafferty
Sep 08, 2015 Seán Rafferty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Stark is responsible for my tiredness this morning as I was unable to put the book down last night. This is a terrific thriller. The opening of the book is magnificent - tense, thrilling and violent. The narrative never flags and Stark switches between pre-heist, heist and the aftermath. Also he gives us perspectives of different characters in the last third of the book which shakes the reader out of any possible torpor. We should not root for Parker - he is violent, sexist, misanthropic ...more
May 24, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parker
A fantastically spare, hard-boiled novel. Parker gets robbed after robbing a college football game; Parker goes for revenge. The plot isn't complicated in the least, but Parker's a magnetic character, and seeing him work is a joy. Just excellent.
Oct 31, 2011 JP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Character driven, tightly plotted, ageless authenticity, detailed without dragging, this is how it's done. Someone somewhere should be teaching this book. It's a master class. I can't wait to read another Parker book.
Nedduh Simonson
Jan 27, 2013 Nedduh Simonson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Fair Warning is to Van Halen I, as The Third Man is to Citizen Kane, as the McRib is to the Big Mac, as Tijuana is to Shenzhen, The Seventh is to The Hunter. Top shelf pulp this one.
Sep 24, 2010 Alecia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished The Mourner and now this book. I enjoy this Parker series so much. The only downside to me is that they are so short and they go too fast.
Another heist, but with so many twists & turns, not to mention a perfect ending. Only Parker! Excellent. On to the next!
Jun 16, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. One of the best Parker novels I've read.
Aaron Martz
Mar 18, 2014 Aaron Martz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is solid through the opening passages with Parker looking for both a murderer and some missing money, but gets silly in its third section when he and his gang go door to door posing as surveyors. It recovers in its fourth part, and concludes with one of the most suspenseful sequences in the Parker series, with Parker both pursuing and being pursued and ending up on the upper floors of a skyscraper under construction. This section is taut, descriptive, and haunting, and you almost feel b ...more
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