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Backflash by Richard Stark
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Mar 05, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

Once again I'm amazed at how the author can so thoroughly change the tone of his writing between his Parker novels (written as Richard Stark) and his Dortmunder novels, written as Donald Westlake. It's something I struggle with in my own works, because I have a general mirth that comes through in all my writings. But while Dortmunder is a rascally and bumbling felon you wouldn't mind hanging out with, Parker is a complete an utter asshole. He's just a evil git.

Which makes the novels rather pleasant to read. I don't always have to identify with a main character, or even really consider him as a protagonist. I don't necessarily want Parker to succeed at the end of the book. These aren't really heist novels... they're crime novels, and Parker is a hardened criminal who I genuinely don't like, but whose adventures I enjoy.

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