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The Green Eagle Score (Parker #10)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  917 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
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
Paperback, 173 pages
Published May 15th 2010 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1967)
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Feb 05, 2011 brian rated it really liked it
anyone out there like magic? well, i do. and i'm gonna do a magic trick for your pleasure. watch how i turn david's examples of why stark is a bad writer (from his review of the score) into proof that stark is, in fact, a very good writer. here's davey-boy:

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
Dan Schwent
Marty Fusco convinces Parker to plan a job robbing an air force base of its payroll. Fusco's ex-wife's current beau is the inside man. Things seem to go smoothly, until the ex-wife starts telling the details of the plan to her psychiatrist...

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
Apr 20, 2011 Kemper rated it really liked it
No money is safe when Parker is around. Not even if it belongs to the U.S. military.

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
Aug 07, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing
An excellent Parker story. The reader is shown some preparation for a robbery of an Air Force base payroll, but not the details of the scheme until they are taking place. Things are looking great, and then......major disaster. During the planning phase of this crime, Stark makes you suspect that something would go wrong. (Well that's to be expected or Parker would never have a chance to shine, since he somehow always manages the disasters.) I love the series and this one was particularly thrilli ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Tfitoby rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-as-night
Parker the Ultimate Stealing Machine is at it again, this time it's the fabled Monnequois Military Base heist that his pal Grofield walked away from at the start of the spin off novel Lemons Never Lie. A fun little connection that speaks volumes for how much fun Westlake must have had writing this character and world.

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
Mar 27, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
In this Parker novel he joins up with some other crooks to rob an Upstate New York Air Force base of it's payroll cash. I'd never heard of the AFB before, and I don't think there is another one besides Plattsburgh anywhere near the real towns mentioned in the book, so I'm going to believe that the book takes place in the shitty town where I went to college! Near the end of the book Parker drives into downtown Saratoga Springs and ditches a car there in front of a parking meter. I don't think Sar ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Krycek rated it really liked it
Marty Fusco just got out of the clink and here he is cooking up another heist. Well, birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, and Fusco's thinking this deal is pretty sweet. His neurotic ex-wife has gotten cozy with a young airman named Devers who works in the finance office of the USAF base where he's posted. Fusco and Devers think they can lift the entire base's payroll for the month, at least four hundred thousand dollars. But they need a guy that can work out all the angles and run things. This is ...more
James Thane
This is another of the early books in Richard Stark's Parker series. Parker decides to take a break from a vacation in Puerto Rico to join a gang that intends to rob the payroll of an Air Force base in upstate New York. (The book was written in 1967. There's no such thing as direct deposit, so the Air Force trucks in $400,000 twice a month and pays everyone in cash.)

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
The Green Eagle Score, is the 10th novel in the Parker series. Stealing a large payroll from the Department of Defence? Stealing it from within the compound? Sure, why not, eh?

At one point Parker tells Claire that his work is like walking on ice, but that he knows where to step. Understanding the ice is one thing, but what about the things that are lurking beneath it in the deep dark waters? There is always a slight chance that there is something there that you didn't expect. Something that make
Jan 10, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: noirboiled
Following The Rare Coin Score, The Green Eagle Score is another no-frills Parker heist novel. There are minor variations to the formula--this time, for example, we aren't told the plan for the robbery until we see it enacted--but nothing remarkable that Stark hasn't shown us before. In terms of the larger series, The Green Eagle Score is perhaps most notable for the further development of Paker's character via his relationship with Claire, whom he met in The Rare Coin Score.

First reading: 2011 J
Another good Parker book. Not much more I can say without spoilers, but it's nice to see the quality staying high & the plot as twisty. I FINALLY got the 1st one from the library. I'll be listening to it next.
Jane Stewart
Not as good a some of the others in the series, but I still love the series.

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
Aug 05, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of noirish books,
This time Parker gets asked to participate in the robbery of the pay-roll of an Air force base. As Parker is motivated by green dollars and not by nationalistic moral motivations this seems to be fine with him.
The persons responsible for the plan are a recently released jailbird whose wife took the chance to divorce him during his stay with the governments B&B and the new beau of his wife who currently lives with his wife and daughter. The wife proves to be the downfall with her talking to h
Oct 12, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm continuing my slow, savoring read of the "Parker" novels in publication order. It is tremendously entertaining to watch Westlake (Stark) play with the conventions of the heist novel: this one has a slow build-up detailing the work, and risks, of picking the right team for a crazy gamble: robbing an Air Force base. Oddly, the book's title is never mentioned in the novel--let me know if you have any idea what it refers to!
Mar 24, 2010 Mohammed rated it liked it
Shelves: noir, richard-stark
Not near the best book of the 10 Parker books i have read but still an enjoyable story. Parker,the other characters was great,the prose was quality as usual. Only the heist story was lacking a little this time.

Charles Dee Mitchell
Dec 05, 2016 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Parker looked up at the beach and there was a guy in a black suit standing there, surrounded by all the bodies in bathing suits. He was standing near Parker’s gear, not facing anywhere in particular, and he looked like a rip in the picture. The hotel loomed up behind him, white and windowed, the Puerto Rican sun beat down, the sea foamed white on the beach, and he stood there like a homesick mortician.

And we’re off – on what becomes a strangely melancholy episode in Stark’s Parker saga. Parker l
Tim Niland
Jul 25, 2010 Tim Niland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
Master thief and anti-hero Parker is lounging on the beach in Puerto Rico, when a man comes to him with an interesting proposition. The heist would be one of Parker's most audacious - stealing the entire cash payroll from a large military base in upstate New York. They've got an inside man who can give them the layout and the lowdown, so Parker goes to work crafting an ingenious plan to get them onto the base and into the money. But all the while, the ex-wife of one of the thieves has been leaki ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, action
#10 in the Parker series from late Grandmaster Donald E. Westlake, writing as Richard Stark. Parker is a hard-boiled heist artist. As such, he occupies what may be a unique niche in crime fiction. There are any number of humorous novels featuring criminals, and there are a number of series featuring confidence men and even hit men. Caper novels (Topkapi, Ocean's Eleven) tend to be one-offs. Parker is a serial criminal - 24 novels in the series, logical, deadly, and intelligent. This entry sticks ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, suspense, reviewed
Something different for a Parker book this time: no fractured timeline. And on top of that, one or two twists to keep things interesting and the readers on their toes. Also, a new character: a recruit for Parker's side, maybe a recurring character in future books? I guess I'll find out!

I liked this book better the second time around.
Meh. Parts stunk, like the wife, she was an idiot, but other parts were good, like the heist.
Jul 23, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Parker book I read is better than the one before. This is one of my favorites
John Hood
Jun 12, 2011 John Hood rated it it was amazing
Bound: A Six Pack of Kickass

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
Dec 06, 2016 Herzog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, mystery
Parker continues to rock it. As usual, he is circumspect about a potential job that is complicated by the ex-wife and current girlfriend of 2 of his accomplices. The score is meticulously planned and executed, but with a wrinkle at the end that casts the entire enterprise in doubt. Bold, compact and tough - just like Parker!
Alex Gherzo
Dec 05, 2012 Alex Gherzo rated it it was amazing
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Debbie J
The Green Eagle Score contains the most implausible plot of the Parker books I've experienced to date.

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
Marc Weidenbaum
How big a fan of this Parker series of novals am I? Wrong question.

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
Aaron Schmidt
Feb 15, 2013 Aaron Schmidt rated it really liked it
Easily one of the best novels in the series thus far. I've enjoyed the character exploration that has become more frequent as the series goes on, and since one of the central characters is a psychiatrist in 'The Green Eagle Score,' more time is spent on the inner workings of the players. The interplay of the recent novels and the previous novels shows just how well-crafted Westlake's characters are, and I've especially enjoyed getting to know Parker better. Or, more accurately, getting to know m ...more
Feb 16, 2017 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book wasn't that great. I found Ellen to be a character that was a little too dumb and felt like more of a plot device then anything else. Which she was. But Part IV (of IV) of this book was great, fun, and almost worth all the machinations to set it up.
Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 06, 2016 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
What shall I say??? I just read 4 of these back to back and am still going.

The Parker books are in some ways a bit "odd" for me as there is no way I can actually identify with the amoral antihero of the series. On the other hand Parker is very much a simple workman. he even seems to have a sort of "work ethic"...if you can have a work "ethic" when your job is being a thief. Parker is "at the top of his field" and sought after for his talents as an idea man and planner among others in his rather
Dec 28, 2016 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned
The tenth novel in the Parker series gets off to a fair start: Parker decides to break a couple of his rules and go in for a caper at an Air Force payroll office with an inside man who is not a professional, while allowing a woman with no connection to the heist know all the details. Unfortunately, the middle section drifts too far away from the heist as we encounter the woman in question discussing the heist with her psychoanalyst. Of course, this has important implications for the rest of the ...more
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