The Rare Coin Score (Parker #9)
Parker doesn’t need money for a change, but he’s getting bored and restless as he aimlessly travels the country bedding down every woman he can get his hands on so he’s glad to get a call about a planned sco...more
The Rare Coin Score was one of the best Parker stories I've read yet. Throwing Claire into the mix gave it a little something extra that set it apart from some of the other stories. Parker with a woman in tow? It sets up plenty of f...more
This novel is better than the last couple of Parker adventures.
In this book, Stark's amoral protagonist plots the theft of a couple of million dollars (that's 1967 dollars!) worth of rare coins from a coin collector's convention in Indianapolis. He devises a fairly ingenious plan, the execution of which sadly depends on some u...more
The plots (again like Wodehouse) are fair...more
The Rare Coin
A Novel of Violence
And that's what it is from start to finish: unvarnished, unapologetic, but highly creative violence featuring Stark's most frightening...more
Needy childlike Billy loves Claire the widow who sees Billy with contempt. This book was slightly above average but still worth reading because the series is great. I don’t want to stop reading them.
The Forward by Luc Sante was insightful. A few of his comments follow, edited for brevity. “When I read my first Parker novel, I was stunned. I imagined that I had stumbled upon a particularly brilliant specimen of a thriving genre. Bu...more
The job was a coin dealer's show one weekend. The amateur was to point out the table with the coins worth the most. He had a driver to help, a strong man to load the cases on their truck, both to help waylay and tie the guards up, the old man named Lempke who'd brought him in, and the woman.
Things were going well until an attempt was made to h...more
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 in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to
Parker hears about a rather unusual kind of caper. Indeed his first instinct is to leave well alone. But his curiosity won't let him be, and also a rather interesting lady enters the scene. So basically he traps himself into a doubtful scenario.
The details are very interesting, as usual Stark seems to have gained some background knowledge that helps...more
The caper is as inventive and as doomed as you'd expect, but still lots of cleverness and tension. Parker's banter with the new girl is nicely handled, although I can't say I'm going to miss her when she turns up dead at some point (it's bound to happen isn't it?).
I like the fact that he seems to be changing as a character, not quite the automaton of the earlier books, but I hope he doesn't get too soft.
Also the heist was a more challenging one,fun. As usual its great when things go wrong, Parker is at his finest, efficient ways then.
Great read, followed by The Green Eagle Score.
(This review originally appeared on the Reading & Writing By Pub Light...more
I particularly enjoyed the emergence of personal details mirroring Parker's evolving fix on the heist. Parker needs more time to work out the details of this particular job, and that time allows the rea...more
Coins are weighty to transport, tricky and slow to fence, and Parker and his cohorts will have to wait months to get a return on their illegal "investment". Nevertheless, Parker mulls over the potential risks and accepts the challenge.
Despite careful planning the scheme doesn't quite go off without a hitch....more
In the course of the series, we get a lot of rules or general cycles that Parker follows. The Rare Coin is intriguing because it plays with Parker's rules and throws in sever...more