The Jugger (Parker #6)
You probably haven’t ever noticed them. But they’ve noticed you. They notice everything. That’s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers’ work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at...more
It's probably safe to think of Parker as looking sort of like a Lee Marvin type, and since he has probably most famously portrayed Parker, maybe this is what some readers use as their mental image:
Some people might like to think of him as a raving wife-beating anti-semite:
Parker has also been portrayed as an A ...more
The Jugger is a break from the usual Parker formula. Instead of planning a job, Parker has to get a crooked sheriff off his back and convince the interested parties that Sheer didn't have any money. Of course, Parker does it in ...more
Parker gets a letter from one of his previous work-partners, a safe cracker aka a jugger, who due to his retirement became a go-between for Parker and something that resembles a acquaintance in Parker his world. This letter makes Parker seek out his previous co-worker and if necessary take action. Parker finds the man deceased and a ...more
After he arrives in the small town that Joe had settled in, Parker learns that Joe is already dead, supposedly from a heart attack. But the police chief is instantly on Parke ...more
Parker comes to town after receiving a strange letter from one of his guys. The guy died after sending the letter. Strange things are happening. A bad cop is involved. Parker is trying to figure it out. Then Parker kills someone which shocked me. I shouldn’t like this because he killed a kind-of-good person. But the “shock” was what I liked. And the ending I liked. It seemed Parker had everything all nice and neat and ...more
The slow unwinding of what is essentially a non-plot (the macguffin is that there isn't one) is well handled, and Parker's actions in attempting to keep his Charles Willis cover intact is typically brutal.
The narrative structure uses a lot of fals ...more
Throughout this story, like most Parker stories, you find yourself constantly thinking, "Oh man, Parker's gonna kill this guy." Or, "OK, Parker's gonna kick this guy's ass now."
But then he never does, when you think he will.
He's so ruthless as a character (meaning that Westlake is brilliant as the writer) that not only does he catch his victims off- ...more
Indeed, the protagonist Parker (who has been described as sociopathic, sad for me as I see him as relate-able) has a singular voice deeper in its unsaid motives than the shallow Jack Reacher, say, and on a par with the consistent mot ...more
I was properly shocked by the callous disregard for life Parker displays to protect his identity. Greed blinds one character, duty another, and inexperience proves to be the biggest liability in this Richard Stark novel. I really liked this one.
On to the next one! ...more
Parker wasn't worried about helping him as much as protecting himself. When he arrives in town, Joe is dead, about to be buried, and too many people are nosing around in the man's business. Parker had already given his "civilian" name before he learns all this, th ...more
Donald Westlake had an amazing ability to craft a story. Unfortunately, craf ...more
Sheer sends Parker a ...more
Parker must deal with a corrupt small town Nebraska police chief who believes Parker knows the location of a hidden cache of wealth. Problem is, Parker doesn't believe the ill-gotten booty exists and has difficulty convincing the scheming copper (and other seekers) of this likely fact.
Additionally, Parker reali ...more
The Stark books have a distinctive noir flavor to them. There is no humor. The pace is spare, and...um...stark. If Parker, the protagonist in many of them including this one, needs to break a window, he'll break a window. If he needs to break a face, he' ...more
i took a break, and wasn't even sure I'd feel like getting back into this character: it began to get a little monotonous. (Although, it's partly the point: Parker is such a machine of an operator. He reminds me sometimes of Valery's Monsieur Teste).
The Jugger surprised me a little. The writing goes up a notch, psychology and motivation of some of the characters get better coverage, and it is the first in the series kinda resem ...more