Dake Lorin is an idealist in this future world of the late 1970s. He stumbles onto a group of people with fantastic mental talents that seem to be manDake Lorin is an idealist in this future world of the late 1970s. He stumbles onto a group of people with fantastic mental talents that seem to be manipulating world affairs.
World War III is in the recent past and things already seem building up for IV.
Lorin tries to get the word out but is frustrated at every turn. He gets dragged right into the middle when apparent Earth folks take him off planet and begin training him.
The last of the Parkers for me. And my favorite of the series.
Parker is on one of those occasional dry spells and decides to retrieve the money he'd hThe last of the Parkers for me. And my favorite of the series.
Parker is on one of those occasional dry spells and decides to retrieve the money he'd hid from a previous job so that he could manage his escape from the pursuing police and their criminal associates(Slayride). He gets his partner from the job, Grofeld, and when they get there, in the amusement park, the stash is gone.
He knows the people who were looking for him back then and goes to them for his money.
At the time, it was the last Parker novel for over twenty years and a fitting conclusion. He brings in a number of folks he's worked with in other books and goes after the bad guys, whether cops or out-and-out criminals.
Then the double cross happens.
One thing one doesn't do is cross Parker. He doesn't take that sort of thing well....more
Parker has a new face because of his problems with the mob and so is short of funds. He gets involved in an armored car job that has a lot of kinks anParker has a new face because of his problems with the mob and so is short of funds. He gets involved in an armored car job that has a lot of kinks anyway.
Things get complicated when the plastic surgeon's chauffeur comes looking for him. Someone has killed him and it has to be one of three recent patients. Parker plans to hold him until after the job is finished, then get it straight. See, it's been set up that if he doesn't return the cook will inform the right people of the three new faces.
When he escapes, Parker has to finish the job, dealing with a double cross there, then track him down before he gets himself killed maybe and his new identity is blown....more
Parker is partners with the Outfit in this one. They want a gambling kingpin, nestled on an island forty miles off the Texas coast, robbed because he'Parker is partners with the Outfit in this one. They want a gambling kingpin, nestled on an island forty miles off the Texas coast, robbed because he's out of their "legal" reach, thus they can't cut them in.
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....more
Parker has a problem. He got a letter from Joe Sheer, a retired safecracker he'd worked jobs with in the past and who now served as his jugger, go-betParker has a problem. He got a letter from Joe Sheer, a retired safecracker he'd worked jobs with in the past and who now served as his jugger, go-between, for others in their profession. In the letter, Joe asks for help with a problem.
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, though.
A local cop, another in his line who he doesn't trust, a Federal cop. All are either looking for something or looking into Parker as "Charles Willis."
Then his head gets caved in, the nosy man he doesn't trust and has already been seen slapping around gets murdered in his room, and the local cop grabs him.
People seem to think Joe has a fortune from his robbery days hidden away and they want it. Parker knows better, but has to stick around long enough to clear his name and throe the scent away from him.
And he's not shy about using violence to do it!...more
Alan Grofield is still in Mexico recovering from the bullet wound in his back incurred in the job he'd worked with Parker(THE HANDLE). The pair were tAlan Grofield is still in Mexico recovering from the bullet wound in his back incurred in the job he'd worked with Parker(THE HANDLE). The pair were the only survivors. Parker had got him help from a doctor, split the money, then headed back to the States. Grofield had been in the hotel ever since, still weak and sleeping a lot, with a suitcase full of cash.
So when he saw the young woman climbing through his fifth floor window, he thought at first he was dreaming. He learned quickly he wasn't. Ellen Marie Fitzgerald was her name and he knew right away it was the only truth coming out of her mouth.
A couple of stories later, he got out of her that she was escaping from the room above, three men that were holding her until Saturday, a few days away. She needed to get to Acapulco by Friday morning, not really saying why.
After dealing with the three and sending them on a wild goose chase, he orders dinner. They return, grab the two, and hustle them upstairs. Even though weakened by the healing bullet wound, Grofield starts planning an escape.
It soon becomes a chase to Acapulco and Grofield knows he still doesn't have the full story. There's only one highway into the vacation resort, so we get a series of running battles while He tries to get the story out of Elly.
Liked this one. Grofield is a different sort than Parker, though they are friends and know they can depend on each other....more
things hadn't gone well for Parker recently. He'd had to hide the take from the last job in order to escape, and it would be a long while before the hthings hadn't gone well for Parker recently. He'd had to hide the take from the last job in order to escape, and it would be a long while before the hear died down. Then during the first meeting of the crew for a new job, the last man in takes a shot at Parker, killing one of the others, and igniting a running gun battle. An old enemy, George Uhl, that Parker, in a rare moment, had let live, caused that job to die. Time sensitive, it would be another year before it could be tackled.
The next job sounded promising, a theft of three gold statues worth half a million. It was brought to them by a driver who had never before initiated a deal, had no contacts, as did Parker and the others. Parker was wary though. The driver had a woman and he'd seen her type before.
So later that night, when there was a knocking at his motel door, he looked out, saw her, and started packing his things. He didn't answer the door until a pounding started up and the driver was shouting his name. A quick flurry and he was gone.
Another dead deal.
The art theft seemed a good deal. A traveling show of twenty-one paintings, worth $600,000, heavily guarded, Parker worked out a plan of taking it all down between shows and the job went off smoothly.
Parker was bored when he got the call from his broker for a new job. He didn't like it from the start. An amateur named Edgars brought the deal. A smaParker was bored when he got the call from his broker for a new job. He didn't like it from the start. An amateur named Edgars brought the deal. A small town in a box canyon, one way in and out, a highway patrol station on the main road by that one way.
He was gradually convinced. A small town with a curfew and a tiny police force. Two banks, a mine with a substantial payroll, jewelry stores. Hit it late at night while everyone was in bed, only a handful of people to deal with.
It would take a larger group than normal, eleven after the planning, to cover everything and everybody. Minimum of $250,000 total, likely more.
Parker suspected something was up with Edgars, but he didn't know the man had an agenda different from the rest of the group!...more
Parker was wary of George Uhl, the driver on the current job. He'd never worked with him before and he seemed nervous, fidgety. He almost called thw wParker was wary of George Uhl, the driver on the current job. He'd never worked with him before and he seemed nervous, fidgety. He almost called thw whole thing off. But he'd been brought into the job by Benny Weiss and Parker had worked with him a number of times. Solid and reliable.
The job went off smoothly, hitting the armored car as it delivered to one bank. They made off with the strong box and were set up in their hideaway for a few days until the heat died off. The money was a bit shorter than they'd figured, $33,000, and split four ways left small portions for the guys. But oh well...
Then Uhl started shooting the others, Parker bailing out the window just in time and beating a hasty retreat into the forest. Once away, he was planning the attack when he realized he'd lost his pistol piling through the window.
He could do nothing, watching Uhl set the house and old barn afire and drive away. Parker could do nothing but hide deep in the forest as the police and fire department poured over the site.
It took a long while before it was safe for Parker to walk out and head back into the town, making plans as he went. It wasn't going to be easy, but he'd find Uhl and get back the money.
Parker had gotten a face lift to disguise himself from the Outfit. Word was out now, though they didn't know what he looked like. When someone fingersParker had gotten a face lift to disguise himself from the Outfit. Word was out now, though they didn't know what he looked like. When someone fingers him and a hit man is sent, he decides it's tme to do something about it.
He heads north from Florida, visiting people along the way he'd worked with in the past. He also wrote letters to others to far off the route. He asked all if they had plans to hit outfit(they all idly thought about such jobs). As a professional courtesy, they left such hits alone.
But the outfit, Bronson in particular, was starting to get annoying. They needed to be taught a lesson about other pros and what they could do. Before it was over, a million had been taken.
Parker, Grofield, and a driver hit the armored car, taking away a good haul. It was a rush job, one normally Parker would have passed on, so the driveParker, Grofield, and a driver hit the armored car, taking away a good haul. It was a rush job, one normally Parker would have passed on, so the driver was a second rater. He was still trying to build up his cash reserves squirreled away around the country as he'd lost all he'd set up under his Charles Willis name(dead to him and therefor untouchable).
The driver was speeding to fast to get out of the area before the police converged and took a turn too fast, rolling the car several times in the process. Parker climbs out, Grofield and the driver are unconscious, looking for a place to flee with the satchel of cash.
Across the way was an amusement park, closed for the winter, and he heads there, only to run into something he wishes he hadn't. Four men, two uniformed cops, two in overcoats, swapping an envelope. They see him at the same time and he slips through the front gates od the park, intending to get out somehow on the other side.
He's placed himself in a box with only one way to escape. Exploring the park, he finds one building with power and a working radio. Grofield and the driver are in custody, still unconscious, the driver not expected to make it. The third man, himself, is supposed to have commandered another car and the teo officers had lost him in the chase.
Parker knows they will be coming for him and the money and he's not going to get out alive. The day passes and Parker explores the park, looking for weapons(all he has is a pistol with five bullets.
The day passes and still they don't come. That just gives him time to prepare a few booby traps with what he can find.
Well after dark, they finally come: the two cops and five thugs. Seven against five bullets. Parker's been in worse straights.
That's just the first wave. After Parker proves a bit tougher than they thought, the number grows by fifteen.
THE BLACKBIRD and the Parker novel, SLAYGROUND, share the same first chapter. The pair are hitting an armored car on aGrofield was in trouble. Again.
THE BLACKBIRD and the Parker novel, SLAYGROUND, share the same first chapter. The pair are hitting an armored car on a country road. The job was cursed from the beginning. The driver they'd lined up didn't make it, arrested by a redneck cop, and they'd had to recruit local talent. Good driver, but to nervous. Fleeing the scene, with the police a mile away, he drove too fast into a turn, rolling the car. Parker slips out with the money, Grofield is unconscious, the driver dead.
With chapter two in each book, each one takes a different track. Parker flees into a closed amusement park and the book covers his efforts to remain hidden and eventually escape.
Grofield wakes up in a hospital with a pair of men offering him a way out. Do what they want and he becomes a witness to the armored car heist, refuse and he takes the fall. They won't tell what the job is unless he agrees. They know all about him, his real name, occupation(actor).
FBI? CIA? They only admit to being a shadowy government agency.
What choice does he have? He agrees, figuring first chance he gets, he bails. It would mean starting all over with a new actor's card, new name,losing all his acting credits, moving. He didn't see any other alternative.
A few days later, they explain what they want, promising it could be dangerous to him, possibly fatal if things don't go well.
A group of third world leaders were in Quebec registered under false names. They wanted to know what they were up to and Grofield knew two of them. Colonel Pozos, the Latin American whose life he'd saved in the first Grofield, THE DAMSEL, and the African politician, Onum Marba, from THE DAME. He's to pose as an adventurer, all they know him to be, looking for work and find out what's going on.
Grofield uses his first opportunity to take off, riding several subways, backtracking, making sure no one is following him. While dining, two men walk up and ask if he's ready to go ahead now, promising he can't get away. They will even give him an hour head start. Grofield knows then there's some sort of radio link on, or in, the clothing they gave him.
He's shown a picture of his contact, a man named Carlson, and flies to Quebec, taking the room they rented for him.
That's when things start going downhill.
In short order, he's accosted by a young black woman, kidnapped by injection of a paralytic agent by a third group, ready to be questioned. rescued by one of his recruiters with him lying there half recovered, bullets flying all around.
And it's not to long before Grofield finds himself further north in a hunting lodge with a group of blacks, Chinese, and Hispanics about to be killed. He does the only thing he can, diving through a window, his head wrapped in his jacket, out into the cold.
He'll be dead by morning, frozen, and the group is content to wait till then before going after him.
Grofield is mad. People want him dead. believe him an easy mark, and he has no idea why.
They are about to find out that, while not as ruthless as Parker most of the time, when it calls for it, he can get up there.
This book astounded me when I first read it. The ideas, the writing, hard science fiction was fairly new for me then. The discovery of a human mummy inThis book astounded me when I first read it. The ideas, the writing, hard science fiction was fairly new for me then. The discovery of a human mummy in a space suit on the moon causes a sensation when carbon dating shows it's age as greater the humans on Earth....more