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The Man With The Getaway Face (Parker #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,467 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1963)
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Stephen
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4.0 stars. After settling a vendetta against his former crew and starting a big, juicy new one against the entire Outfit in the The Hunter....PARKER (aka Mr. Badass MoFo)....IS …..BACK!! He has a brand new face thanks to some nifty plastic surgery performed by an “off the books” doctor and is now in need of some quick cash to tide him over while he looks for his next big score.
 
In order to solve his fiscal crisis, Parker reluctantly agrees to team up with an old associate and his new woman in o
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Dan Schwent
Parker leaves Nebraska with a new face and a distinct lack of funds. He gets involved in a scheme to rob an armored car but there are complications. The plastic surgeon who operated on Parker winds up dead and people think Parker pulled the trigger. The armored car scheme is dodgy at best and one of the partners is planning a double cross. Can Parker figure out who the trigger man was and clear his name,pull off the armored car robbery, and avoid the double cross?

Westlake does it again. Parker i
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Mara
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2014-reads
Parker novels are unapologetic pulpy goodness. The lingo alone makes the read worthwhile. I’m not sure how I’m going to work a line like Who’s the bird dog on this one? into casual conversation. Nor will I be 100% sure what I’m saying if I call someone a frill and/or a busher, but by god, by the end of the work week I intend to find out.

Parker has simple rules for life (he’d be pretty easy to program as far as artificial intelligence goes: if whore responsive, proceed; else, choke). He doesn’t
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Kemper
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
When Parker gets plastic surgery from a crooked doctor to change his appearance, he hopes that it will help hide him from the Outfit since they‘re still slightly peeved at him after the last book. With funds running low, Parker has to quickly sign on for a job robbing an armored car. However, the set-up involves a grouchy waitress named Alma, and she’s showing every sign of wanting to pull something cute and keep the money for herself. Plus, the doctor who did Parker’s surgery has been murdered ...more
brian
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
parker offers something very attractive to the reader: a proxy by which she can exact revenge on this world in a logical, sensible manner; one in which the brain totally overpowers the heart; one in which he can charge forward with the cool determination of an animal on the hunt. the clerk at the DMV won't renew your license? wait till she's alone, shiv her in the chest, drop the body in a dumpster, and get back in line. the drunken frat boy ain't moving outta the way and you really have to pee? ...more
Jason Koivu
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
Parker is a bad man. So, shouldn't I feel bad for rooting for him?.....NAH!

Cold-blooded crook in the first degree, Parker has just undergone a necessary face change when he is drawn into a heist for the quick cash prospect. Of course, once he gets the real details of the job he discovers his take won't be a fraction of what he thought it was. And that's not even the bad part about it! But hell, he goes along with it anyway, and I'm glad he did. Otherwise it wouldn't have been much of a book...

In
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is the second book in Richard Stark's series about the amoral criminal, Parker. At the end of the first, The Hunter, Parker is on the run from the organized crime syndicate, the Outfit. At the opening of this book, he has made his way to Nebraska, where he successfully undergoes surgery to change his face to such an extent that even his old associates don't recognize him.

At the conclusion of the operation, Parker returns to the East, desperately in need of a score. An old acquaintance propo
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Richard
*3.5 Stars*
This takes up shortly after The Hunter left off, and Parker has just gotten a new face from a plastic surgeon so he can hide from the Outfit and do his dirty deeds in peace. But because he is still low on dough, he reluctantly agrees to a shakily-planned armored car hold up that might not be worth it.

This might sound like a generic plot for your run-of-the-mill crime thriller, but what makes this one unique is that Parker knows from the get-go that a member of the crew will try to pu
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Greg
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
I don't have much for this one.

The story was a lot stronger than for the first Parker novel. In a lot of ways this might be the best of the Parker novels I've read so far, as a coherent story it surpasses The Outfit, which I gave an extra star for being more over the top and appealing to imaginary bad-ass that I would probably want to be if I had no morals or inhibitions or whatever you want to call it.

This story involves Parker getting a plastic surgery to hide from the Mob, robbing and armor
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Brandon
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, noir, 2015
After his dust-up with the syndicate, Parker heads to Nebraska to see a doctor about a new face. After his features are flip-flopped, Parker heads north and falls in with a few felons planning an armoured truck robbery. Being a perfectionist, Parker doesn’t like the plan and after making a few adjustments, he comes to suspect one of the players isn’t on the level.

On top of all this, the doctor who played Mr. Potato Head with Parker’s mug winds up taking a dirt nap and Parker is the prime suspect
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F.R.
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
So this is a Goodreads re-read, as opposed to ‘The Hunter’ which I last read when I was still young and innocent of book-review related social-networks. But glancing back over my thoughts from the halcyon, long ago days of 2008, I find that I basically still agree with what I said. ‘The Man with the Getaway Face’ is a fantastic title, but merely a good book and a distinct drop off in quality from its predecessor. But reading it again with a greater appreciation of its place in the cycle, one can ...more
Jim
My edition was a download from the library produced by Audio Go, read by John Chancer, an edition not listed on GR. It's about 300 minutes long & was worth every minute.

I kept waiting to get the first in this series, but it keeps being checked out, so I finally just listened to this one. I do know sort of what happened in the first one because of the 2 movies based on the first book. I hear the 2d, Payback with Mel Gibson, wasn't great, but I liked it.

Anyway, I had no problem fitting right i
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Lynn
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stark's writing style is as methodical as a police procedural, but this crime novel is a sharp and thrilling read. I was anticipating a lot of violence after the first book, but the reporterly writing deemphasizes it. It happens of course, but it's dispassionate and understated. I'm going to burn through this series in a flash.....and I just discovered my local library has graphic novel renditions of Parker 1 and 3. I feel like I've got treasure waiting for me at the library.
Mike
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
our anti-hero Parker becomes embroiled in a scheme to rob an armored car. After running afoul of the crime syndicate previously, he travels to Nebraska to get a new face.

Written in '63, the action is pervasive, as Parker nonchalantly carries on with the plan.
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
You know...I think Parker may be mellowing. There were a few cases here where he didn't kill someone I was sure he would.

What's gotten into the man. This is no way for a self respecting completely self absorbed, totally selfish homicidal psychopath to behave.

Well anyway another disturbing (because I liked the book) outing with our premier, "look out for #1" non-hero Parker.

having just gotten a new face from a plastic surgeon recommended by one of the people Parker trusts he's all set.

Until he ge
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Mark
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of crime noir
Recommended to Mark by: Ed
The 2nd installment of Parkers' adventures and it tells us of Parker getting some plastic surgery to alter his well known looks especially for that crime outfit he hurt so much in the 1st novel (FYI: the Hunter). Parker being low on finances decides to take up a heist in order to replenish his depleted financial reserves. The heist and the planning does not go off as ideally planned but Parker walks away with enough dough.
The second story line is about Stubbs the former chauffeur of the plastic
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Jane Stewart
3 stars. There were some good parts. I like watching what Parker does.

I enjoy it because it’s part of an interesting series. It would not be as good as a stand alone story. When I finish one book, I’m eager to read the next. Parker is a tough very smart bad guy planning and committing crimes with other bad guys.

There are no sex scenes, but there are references to Parker being with whores and slapping them to get them interested.

NARRATOR - John Chancer:
I did not like the narrator’s voice for som
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Mike
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a very "straight-ahead" type of story. The protagonist, Parker is an accomplished criminal who gets a new face from a Doctor in Nebraska. Why he needs it gets revealed in bits and pieces throughout the book. The majority of the plot involves Parker running down a lead for a "job" in New Jersey. Ever the professional, he determines that the heist is doable, but not in the way and with the crew that the originator and his girlfriend have proposed.

He and the girlfriend don't and won't get a
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Bill Lynas
Stark's second novel featuring his villainous creation Parker is written in the usual straightforward prose, and this one features a nice last page surprise. It's certainly entertaining enough for me to want to continue reading the next in the series.
Eric_W
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing with my reading (audio) of all the Parker series by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake), this title follows Parker's run-in with the "Outfit/Syndicate". He has paid to have his face altered by plastic surgery (references to the “party” date this book somewhat and I wonder if contemporary -- read young-- readers will get some of the allusions.)

Parker’s heists are not always successful; indeed, some go marvelously awry. They are always beset with problems. Here, his caper is threatened by
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Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Parker series is a project of a deceitful ambition. Richard Stark lifts the veil on his protagonist gradually and never goes faster than Parker's own actions. In THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE, he is looking for a fresh start, but there isn't such thing as fresh start for an unrepenting career criminal like him.

But if somebody can pull it off, it's Parker. The mysterious thief is looking to support himself after starting a beef with the outfit and undergoing plastic surgery to change his appe
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Harold
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I read this in less than a day. Haven't done that in a long time. I guess I enjoyed it. It's the second in the Parker series and I think I'll just go through the whole Parker series, reading one now and then, although I feel like reading number three now. And I may. I'm debating that, or just choosing another Westlake (Stark) book. I read many of these in the late 60s and early 70s and enough time has elapsed that they I have forgotten the plots and they are as new to me now. In any event f ...more
Jason Pettus
The best compliment I can give the "Parker" novels by Donald E. Westlake is to admit that they've completely hijacked my usual schedule of reading and reviewing contemporary novels for the CCLaP website; originally planned to be a fun airplane diversion when I flew from Chicago to New Orleans and back about three weeks ago, I ended up reading the first book in the series, 1962's The Hunter, from start to finish in just half a day, and have since been greedily devouring the rest at a rate of a bo ...more
Steven
Second book in the Parker series. Plenty of other reviews give the synopsis so I'll say something about style. Westlake in these Stark books writes using the same techniques as the best technical writing and the result is that complex actions are described smoothly and are as easy to follow as a recipe. No poetry, no language as art, in this prose, but it is nonetheless highly stylized and actually quite beautiful. And readable. So easy to just plow along and then realize that you've knocked bac ...more
Piker7977
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I was leaning toward three stars but the last two paragraphs gave it that extra nudge to four.

After reading The Hunter I have decided to embark on the quest of reading all of the Parker novels in order. This second episode was enjoyable but I think ultimately forgettable.

I found the character of Stubbs to be a tad boring and the paragraphs about Parker driving around became tedious.

The planning of the armored car heist (especially purchasing the transportation and weapons) was awesome.

This offe
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Steve
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two in the Parker series. What can I say? Cold. Brutal. And yet...Parker has his professional scruples. Book two's Parker is less emotional than the vengeance driven verion in The Hunter. The buying of guns, the planning, etc., are all made fascinating through dialogue, character, and setting. As many have pointed out, this novel is actually two stories linked by Parker's attempt to get a new face (the mob is after him due to his scorched earth actions in the previous novel). Since this boo ...more
Joseph
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
“Jacksonville was twenty miles away, so that’s where he stopped for a whore. She was the same as the Richmond whore and the Columbia whore, disinterested till he hurt her a little. He didn’t get his kicks from hurting whores, it was just the only way he knew to get them interested.”
Show me another protagonist who acts like this. I don’t say that defiantly; I’d really like to know if there are some other choices besides the flawless main characters in most commercial fiction.
And most of the time
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David
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noirboiled
In the first Parker novel, The Hunter, Parker thumbs his violent nose at organized crime, thereby necessitating the getaway face. By the end of The Man with the Getaway Face, however, Parker knows that his new face will not be enough; sooner or later, he will have to deal with "The Outfit." Therefore, the second Parker novel seems rather like killing time until this showdown, but it's a pleasant way to kill some time. The Parker novels are the noir equivalent of cotton candy—and I mean that in t ...more
Bryce Wilson
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Another great Parker yarn. Though it's not the model of narrative efficiency The Hunter was, this is not entirely fair as...

A) The Hunter is THE model of narrative efficiency.
B) The story reads like (and I'll bet probably was) the results of Westlake writing two Parker stories and not being quite able to get them to novel length, causing Westlake to Brundlefly them.

Still a great read, one of the coldest of the novels and that's saying a hell of a lot.
Charles
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
This is the second in the Parker series. Not quite as compelling as the first to me, but still very good. Parker is a real SOB in many ways and you don't necessarily root for him, but the combination of the intensity of that character and the compelling plot line keeps you turning the pages. I've just started the third in the series.
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