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The Outfit by Richard Stark
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Dec 06, 2009

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Another solid roman noir from Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark. In this one, Parker and his gang of thieves take revenge on the mob. There's a back-story here (it'd be useful to read "The Hunter", the first book of the Parker series,) but that's not required. Long story short, the mob tried to kill Parker, and he's decided to make them pay. Most of the book is a fun series of chapters detailing various heists— Westlake is at his best describing the detailed mechanics of robberies (and sometimes murders.) There's never any doubt that Parker is going to win (after all, this is only book 3 in a series of 20+), but the pleasure is in finding out how he does it.

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