Apr 13, 12
Read on April 10, 2012
This is another great entry into the "Parker" series by Richard Stark. It is truly a series, as this book begins right where the first book, "The Hunter" left off. Parker has gotten himself into trouble with the mob and has plastic surgery to change his identity, hence the title. He is also broke, so it is time for another job.
Parker gets drawn into a job that features three other players, some of whom may not be trustworthy. Stark draws each of these characters with precision, and writes with either inside knowledge of the practice of thieves, or has a great imagination. The planning and execution of the crime are all done with aplomb.
There is another, parallel plot, having to do with the plastic surgeon, which is just as good, although a bit more problematic. On the positive side, it introduces a great character, Stubbs, a man who has had one too many blows to the head in his life. On the negative side, it is a stretch to think that all the characters would act the way that they would in real-life. Still, the book is so much fun, that the reader just goes along for the ride.