The Seventh (Parker #7)
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...more
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 if...more
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...more
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...more
A scene at the end involves one character chasing another into the woods, the trees slowly but steadily...more
After engaging in a few days of his usual post-caper sexual debauchery, Parker takes a short stroll so he can replenish his smokes and booze stash. Meanwhile, the jealous ex of his lady friend breaks into the love nest, kills her, and na...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
An interesting note: This novel was written in 1966 and Stark (Westbrook) made one pair of the gang a homosexual couple. Bold for that era and way ahead of his author peers.
Parker series - Someone killed the woman Parker was living with and stole the loot from a holdup. Then Parker was fingered as the murderer and shot at when he eluded the police. Parker and the rest of the crew look to find the man who stole their loot. With Parker, it's more personal; he's been shot at a second time.