The Handle (Parker #8)
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As usual, Stark weaves a serpentine tale of scheming, violence, and double crosses. Things start going south at the beginning but Parker's motivation to continue was believable considering he lost most of his money when the W...more
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In this one Parker and his buddies are hired by the Outfit to rob and destroy an off-shore casino run by an ex-Nazi. This is the most far-fetched Parker novel so far (I enjoyed his knocking over a riverboat casino in his 1990's reincarnation better) and the mob would have done better to go hire the heavies from Tiger Cab for this k...more
Parker is on a job. Things go wrong. How he and his partners respond is neat to watch.
A fun scene: The Outfit assigned Crystal to help Parker with part of the job. They were on a boat going to an island. She talked too much. Parker discovered the way to handle her. When she paused he grunted. She turned his grunts into whatever words she wanted to hear and went on with her monologue again. She’s deathly afraid of wa...more
While I have the next 4 books in audio book format, I think I'll take a break & listen to a different author for a while.["br"]>["br"]>
Grofield made this book extra fun read, he is so different from Parker. He is funny,unique in his field.
Not the best book in the series but still very good read and what i expected.
Plus a government agency has him backed into a corner, They want the guy brought ashore so he can be arrested. It's him or Parker.
But Parker doesn't trust the government or the Outfit.
Footnote: Shame on the University of Chicago Press for the shoddy state of this particular reprint. Their version of The Handle is a minefield of typos, some of which radically change the meanings of sentences. The worst of these is on page 123.
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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
In this series entry, author Richard Stark demands the reader’s greater-than-usual suspension of disbelief. He has our “hero” Parker manage a wild array of improbable characters and si...more
I love how he writes his stories in four parts. The third part is always about the other players in the story, not Parker. This one in particular is dealing with Grofiel...more
(view spoiler)[Sorry to see Salsa depart from the stable of Parker's confederates. He was definitely the right person for this job. The best authors kill interesting characters when the story ca...more