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Nobody Runs Forever (Parker #22)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  715 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Seven men came to a meeting in Cincinnati. One wore a wire, and another didn't hesitate to kill him-fast and hard. Now Parker has left that meeting and the murder behind, and gotten involved in a scheme that is stuffed with money and trouble.

In the rural northwestern corner of Massachusetts, Parker and a pal plan to steal an armored car. But the human element gets in the w
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Published July 31st 2007 by Mysterious Press (first published 2004)
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Dan Schwent
Parker and six other hoods are planning a heist when they discover one of the guys is wearing a wire. The job falls apart and Parker gets a line on another job: an armored car robbery. But can Parker stay ahead of the people looking for the dead man who wore the wire?

Yeah, the deeper I get into the post-Butcher's Moon Parker books, I'm not so sure Richard Stark should have picked things up again. Some of Parker's capers go great until the wheels come off somewhere close to the end. In Nobody Run
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book of the SPE, the second Parker Epoch 1997-2008, I had not read. Richard Stark AKA Donald E. Westlake returned to his creation Parker after he wrote "Butcher's Moon"in 1974. Like another writer Spillane who returned to his creation Mike Hammer Stark also managed to do so successfully. For some fans the first sixteen books were superiour and the new series less so, but they all agree that it was nice to see the big fella return in books written by the original creator/writer.

Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
For various reasons I often end up reading “series books” out-of-sequence. Usually this is only a minor thing: a plot or character development that a later book incorporates as part of the background happens in a book I read some time afterwards. But once in a while there is a more pronounced A, then B relationship that I miss out on.

“Nobody Runs Forever” is the 22nd Parker book and its story and ending lead directly in to the 23rd (“Ask The Parrot”) that I read a few weeks ago. The entire premi
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Parker novel.

These just whip right along, every heist coming with numerous complications and mistakes, exemplifying human foibles except for Parker who remains totally amoral and focused only on the job, and who must use his wits to deal with the inevitable screw-ups and unforeseen holes in the road.

To recount the plot would be to layer the review in spoilers. I’ll just whet your interest with four armored trucks, one very smart police detective, a smarmy doctor, two bounty hunters loo
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The later Parker novels are busier than the earlier ones. The prose remains tight, but the plots have more moving parts, as if Starklake has become an increasingly skilled juggler over the years, and he wants to show off. In Firebreak (two books previous), this busyness felt a bit forced, but in Nobody Runs Forever, this busyness feels much more organic. Of course, Parker is an idiot to see this armored-car job through to its lemony end, but that's true of his jobs more often than not. With only ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The 22nd Parker book. Two more to go. I'm going to binge it on out. This (#22) was one of the best.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another one that has a lot going at the same time, and so compulsively readable I had to read it all in a day, so I'm bumping it up to five stars. The book stands on its own, but it is in fact only the first part of the three-part storyline that continues in Ask The Parrot and concludes in Dirty Money. A lot of new characters in this one; I'm sure we'll see some of them again.

Stark still has the golden touch. Only two more Parker books to go!
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A first for this series.....a cliffhanger. Great build up, development, crime and aftermath; I was 5 pages from the end before I realized there wasn't room left to close the story. Bummer! I was counting on a big payday at the end. Guess I'd better Ask The Parrot.
Mike French
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of this series,but was enjoyable!
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questi ultimi di Stark(Westlake) sono meno scoppiettanti di quelli che amavo 50 anni fa. Siamo invecchiati tutt'e due purtroppo.
In the introduction to "Deadly Edge," Charles Ardai explains that the Parker novels are all rather similar in that they all involve some kind of heist and things go wrong, but they are like jazz tunes that are all familiar in a sense, but no two solos are alike. "Nobody Runs Forever" is the 22nd book in this series ( not counting the four Grofield books) and it is part one of the trilogy that ends the series with "Ask The Parrot" and "Dirty Money" being the other two pieces. Each of these three ...more
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sieben Männer in einem Hotelzimmer in Cincinnati beim Kartenspiel. Das Treffen dient dem Planen eines Coups mit Zahngold, doch bevor es dazu kommen kann, wird entdeckt, dass einer der Männer verwanzt ist und dieser wird kurzerhand beseitigt. Schon im ersten Kapitel von Richard Starks Roman "Nobody Runs Forever" ("Keiner rennt für immer") wird klar, dass hier nicht lange gefackelt wird. Parker, ein Mann ohne Vornamen, ist ein cooler Berufsverbrecher, ein eiskalter Mann außerhalb aller Moral.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book in the long-running PARKER series by Richard Stark, aka Donald Westlake.

Parker faces obstacles from all over in this installment. Problems from the law, problems with his partners, problems with civilians, all lead to another well-written novel about our favorite anti-hero.

While definitely not even in my top ten favorites, this is still a strong thriller. Westlake/Stark really knows how to create suspense, and even though this book wasn't among his best, it still contains e
Profundus Librum
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Stark könyvei vékonyak, sűrűn tagolva rövid fejezetekre, pörgősek és letehetetlenek. Szinte az egész szöveg végig párbeszéd, sehol egy felesleges szószaporítás.

Mégsem ajánlom a könyv elolvasását addig, amíg nincs kint a folytatás, a Kérdezd a papagájt, különben az egyszeri olvasó úgy fog járni, mint én. A regénynek ugyanis nagyon hirtelen van vége – pontosabban egy óriási cliffhanger a vége! –, a történet magasan legizgalmasabb részénél. A következő rész pedig pontosan itt veszi majd fel
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid entry into the "Parker" novels. I like that it's more slice of life than a caper novel, wherein everything runs brilliantly and there's always a contingency plan. The heist in this book is anything but smooth, because it's run by criminals, and not only are criminals people (who have an astounding ability to screw up the simplest of plans) but they're criminals, who have a bit of a problem with the whole concept of a team effort.

So it feels more real to me. Since my friends and I need s
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
#22 in the Parker series. Master thief Parker's heist plan's are disrupted by a police informant and then his life is disrupted by a bounty hunter looking for the ex-informant.

Parker series - When a game of seven-card stud among a group of criminals produces a potential police informer with a communications device taped to his chest, Parker loses no time in strangling him. The group cancels its heist plans and breaks up, but Parker and three others soon reconvene. With inside information from th
Stephen King recommended.
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good Parker title. I kept thinking there's got to be easier ways to make a living than by heisting an armored truck of money.
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
A good yarn with lots of close calls and interesting characters, but the Parker books tend to have endings that feel like the power went off before the movie ended, and you're wondering what's missing.
This one ends so abruptly that I was looking for missing pages.
Trashy Dreams
Not bad. Momentum sort of drags at times, bouncing between a larger ensemble cast, but still fine.
Chi Dubinski
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parker, a professional thief, is planning a job with others when he discovers one of them is wearing a wire. He’s “taken care of,” and the men scatter to other parts of the country. Parker and one of the men are planning an armored car heist, with the help of a former security guard and the bitter wife of the bank president. Things start to go wrong when a bounty hunter tracks down one of the men—will they carry through with the bank job?
Debbie J
Nobody Runs Forever brings another ill-advised job but at least master thief Parker’s cohorts are veteran robbers as focused and coldblooded as he—if not more so.

The security protecting the bank’s mobile cash cache seems lax in a post-9/11 world. No matter because, like the Spanish Inquisition, no entity can prepare enough for the human arsenal of doom that is Parker. The heist becomes an action-filled adventure with myriad twists and turns which leave you wondering what insane problem will pop
Aaron Martz
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the same problem with this book that I did with an earlier book in the series called The Jugger. This is the 22nd book in the series, and by now I know Parker, and one thing I know about him is that he wouldn't agree to do a job that had this many wild cards unless he desperately needed to, and he doesn't desperately need to, so I just can't buy that he would continue to want to go through with it. It's an armored car job just like in The Man With the Getaway Face. One of the bank managers ...more
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Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the "Parker" books by Richard Stark, which I've always heard good things about. The writing was first-rate, the plot nice and textured, but I don't like Parker -- admire his cold-blooded professionalism, yes, but I don't like him. All other characters are pretty one-dimensional, just there for plot advancement. Anyway, I don't mind empty calories and could have liked this a lot more, but it ended as a @#$ cliff-hanger! I just wasn't prepared for it to be a cliff-hanger, and I was ...more
Jul 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
From the resurrected Parker series.

For the uninitiated, the first Parker novel by Stark (a pseudonym of Donald Westlake) was the basis of the Mel Gibson movie Payback. The book was written in 1963, and I really want to find a copy of the first movie version, called Point Blank, which was not the Keanu Reeves: Surfing Agent Man flick but a revenge thriller starring Lee Hamilton.

Anyway, back to Nobody Runs Forever... Parker signs up for a bank job, which ends so badly even Parker can't kill his w
Patrick O'Neil
Tough guys and bank heists - what's not to like. My only complaint is Parker. Not having read any of Stark's Parker series I am new to him. And what I don't get is why Parker is so emotionless. Which yeah, I understand he's a hood from Jersey, a tough guy, and all that. But it is so difficult to give a character dimension and here it is almost as if Stark goes out of his way to keep Parker dimensionless. Stiff, wooden, one dimensional, android-like, are all descriptive words/expressions that Par ...more
Aug 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And this makes it semi-official: I prefer actual detective stories to simply crime stories. I know it makes me less than cool, and reveals a lingering whiff of fascism, or at least love for fascists to admit it, but in these kinds of books, I think I really enjoy seeing the pulling together of the different threads that the detective always does, the reconstruction of the story, as opposed to the explosive unraveling of angry and unsettled people lashing out.

This book, for those who are keeping
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the way the plot developed, thickened, complicated itself, characters were introduced, characters eliminated while the main caper-related story moved ahead. This was my first foray into crime fiction and indeed I was hooked on the pace of the book. I read this 300 page novel in less than 24 hours, coming home on a Friday night after to work to immediately finish the last 100 pages. The book does lack some emotional depth in its characters and focuses mostly on the mission at hand, but as ...more
Walter Jackson
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another great Parker novel. Sadly, this was my last. What can one say about a book where the reader roots for the bad guy (Parker) except that as Parker aged he seemed to have mellowed just a little bit. Donald Westlake (Richard Stark) passed away a few years ago and this is his third to the last Parker novel. Followed by Ask The Parrot which is the second half of Nobody Runs Forever, and finally Dirty Money. I would recommend these books to anyone, along with Westlake's John Dortmunder nove ...more
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