Plunder Squad (Parker #15)
âHearing the click behind him, Parker threw his glass straight back over his right shoulder, and dove off his chair to the left.â When a job looks like amateur hour, Parker walks away. But even a squad of seasoned professionals can't guarantee against human error in a high-risk scam. Can an art dealer with issues unload a truck of paintings with Parkerâs aid? Or will the
“Things haven’t been going well with my old job, and I’m thinking about a career change.”
“Let’s take a look at your resume… It says here that you’ve been a professional thief most of your adult life. You’ve got some experience and skill with firearms, false identities, auto theft…. And you’ve done some very impressive jobs, Mr. Parker. I’m surprised you’re looking for another line of work.”
“I’ve had a terrible string of bad luck. A loose en ...more
This can occasionally be a problem, and that's certainly the case as this book opens. A man Parker know ...more
Parker's run of bad luck continues in this one. The first heist goes bad, Parker has to take care of Uhl AND another guy, and the art dealer who hired Parker and company turns out to be in some serious money trouble. Poor Parker. The guy is as unlucky as Dortmunder in the last few books.
The action is fast and furious in t ...more
Plunder Squad has quite a few things going on in it. Unlike other Parker novels this one has some side stories going on aside from the usual heist that is the focus of the novels.
An old enemy returns to try to kill Parker. A couple of jobs fall through and another one is executed. Some characters from past novels return, actually some surprising characters, or at least ones I didn't think were necessarily that memorable the first time around to thi ...more
Interesting the way Parker has no normal social interaction with others. A married woman knocks on Parker’s motel door, hoping to get something going with Parker. He won’t even answer the door. And then he packs and leaves the job. He won’t be part of a group that includes a woman like her.
The ending action scene was good - how he got out of a bad situation where he was outnumbered. There were two other good scenes where Parker ...more
Parker was the wonderful creation of Donald Westlake, writing as Richard Stark. All of Parker titles are being reissued by the University of Chicago Press. I’ve read many over the years, bought a couple more than once because I couldn’t remember which ones I had read (pre-Goodreads,) but never-mind, they hold up ...more
The next job ...more
Plunder is another favorite-for-this-reader entry in Stark's Parker series. It not only varies up the usual Parker storyline in a taut and thrilling way, it brings together familiar faces from previous novels in this series: Ed Mackey, one of Parker's cheerful semi-regular heistmates; Dan Kearny*, a P.I. who crossed paths with Parker prior to the main storyline of The Hunter ; George Uhl, a murderous thug Parker encountered in T ...more
While the other plot overlaps slightly in the way that Stark (really Donald E. Westlake) chose to tell it, this book is almost two novellas. The caper that will fill the rest of the ...more
The key heist scene is well-written despite seeming a bit implausible. Nonetheless, Parker's a pro and he knows how to get the job done; he just can't account for other people's hidden greed or momentary stupidity.
I did enjoy seeing the return of several characters from earlier Parker books. Their comments are often subtle references t ...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
Believable - jobs get set up, then loused up & don't actually happen, old loose ends that require attention reappear, & generally nothing seems to go right for Parker. Perhaps the most realistic in ...more
To be honest it felt like two separate shorts stuck together and even though the art heist part was as well written and exciting as any in this series, it was very quick and straghtforward (in the style of the series, although obviously there were a ...more
Plunder Squad is structured oddly; it's not a novel so much as it is a set of interconnected vignettes. My only complaint about it (and it's a small complaint) is that, early on, a plot thread is introduced and we're sorta led to believe it will be the centra ...more
Parker is on a losing streak as Plunder Squad begins. George Uhl (last seen in The Sour Lemon Score) louses up a job and tries to kill him. The next possible job is amateur hour, and Parker walks away. Needing money, he signs on to a high-risk art theft. A top-notch team is assembled, including Ed Mackey and Stan Deve ...more