The Green Eagle Score (Parker #10)
Here’s Parker—planning to steal the entire payroll of an Air Force base in upstate New York, with help from Marty Fusco, fresh out of the pen, and a smart aleck finance clerk named Devers. Holed up with family in a scrappy little town, the hoisters prepare for the risky job by trying to shorten the odds. But the ice is thinner than Parker likes to think—and Marty’s ex-wife...more
Richard Stark—at least in The Score—is not really what I would call a very good writer. And Richard Stark's editor is not what I would call a very good editor. Witness this passage:
"The prowl car was a Ford, two years old, painted light green...more
The Green Eagle Score, no idea why it's called that, is another entry in the highly enjoyable Parker series. This one strays from the usual Parker mold and takes the route of The Seventh. The job goes smoothly but the split doesn't go right. It makes for an...more
Parker is lounging at a resort in Puerto Rico with his new gal pal, Claire, when he is approached by another professional thief named Marty Fusco who just got out of prison. Fusco wants to bring Parker in to plan a job stealing the cash payroll from an Air Force base. While Parker initially dismisses the idea of stealing the pay of 5000 armed men, he agrees to go to New York state and check out the set-up. The si...more
If you read more than a few Parker novels you pick up on the general theme of these things; Parker is a planner, cold, thorough, meticulous, he cares only for the professionalism of...more
Parker designs a clever plan to steal the money, but the weak link (and in these books there is almost always a weak link) is the m...more
First reading: 2011 J...more
Parker seemed out of character in this story because he allowed one of the wives to sit in on the planning sessions. Her husband was a key player, but the wife had no part in the heist. Of course that was the reason things went sour and it was predictable. This wasn’t the author’s best.
Most of the story was ok - planning and conducting the heist. The good part was at the end when things went wrong and Parker takes unexpe...more
How addicted to this Parker series am I? Try this: When I finally reached the first double digit Parker novel, the first copy I found of The Green Eagle Score, the 10th book in the series, was via inter-library loan. No local library had it, nor did any local bookstore. And when it showed up -- it did so in "large print" edition.
I was finishing up an Elmore Leonard book, and some non-fiction books for work, when it arrived, and...more
A Half Dozen More Heist Books from Richard Stark
SunPost Weekly August 5, 2010 | John Hood
Gotta luv the folks at University of Chicago Press. Not only have they decided to bring back Richard Stark’s belovedly badass Parker novels, but they’ve been doing so in sequence, with a niftily packed series that smacks back to the ’60s beginning and — Zeus-willing — won’t let up till its 21st century end.
The beginning, for those few who don’t know, was The H...more
Published in 1967, the book is the product of a time which preceded today’s enhanced homeland security practices by nearly forty years. However, during the mid-60s the Cold War was going strong and random men couldn’t simply enter and exit a military installation, regardless of the remoteness of its location.
Nonetheless, this Parker series entry finds the über bandit opting to insert himself in...more
The Green Eagle Score was well written with exciting characters and a page turner. What I liked about the story is that the crime was committ...more
In the past, amateurs had lead to problems. When you add that to the fact that the man was living with Fusco's ex-wife and it all made him hinky.
But as he looked it over, it seemed solid and a plan begins forming in his head. A...more
The caper goes pear-shaped, as you'd expect, but the fallout is beautifully mana...more
Classic Parker though the series was falling into a bit of a rut at this point. No wonder Stark introduced Clare and started writing Grofeld novels. Regardless, below average Parker is better than 95% of the crap out there.
This book plays with the formula a bit, and has some well-drawn minor characters. As usual, it's very well-written and engaging. A perfect getaway book for some nice escapism.