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Lemons Never Lie by Richard Stark
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Jun 01, 2010

really liked it
Read from June 01 to 02, 2010 — I own a copy

My only previous encounters with Don Westlake's Richard Stark persona have come from the various adaptations of "The Hunter", but I've been looking at that as meaning I've got good things ahead of me. This book isn't a Parker story, though; instead, it follows an occasional confederate as he tries to steal enough to keep his small-town theater afloat and stay a step ahead of the unstable character whose job he turned down.

It's a nifty crime story at times, with a keen caper in the center. It's also very episodic, with Westlake jumping over the middle parts aggressively enough that the story sometimes feels disjointed. If you haven't encountered Alan Grofield in the Parker series, he can be a bit hard to get a handle on, especially considering how callous the last act is.
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