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The Mourner by Richard Stark
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Jan 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: hardcase-writers, crime-and-mystery, 2010, westlake

Parker gets blackmailed by Bett Harrow, his "love" interest from previous book, The Outfit, to steal a statue called the Mourner for her father. Parker and Handy run afoul of another group planning on robbing the same man. People are killed and Parker makes an alliance with Menlo, a Russian charged with getting back $100,000 the man was skimming off the top. Only things don't go as planned...

As usual, Parker (and Richard Stark, for that matter) delivers the goods. As in all Parker tales, the beauty lies in the planning of the caper and the inevitable double cross. Menlo made a good foil for Parker since he and Parker are almost complete opposites.

The Parker books never disappoint and I highly recommend them to crime fiction fans. Even though you know Parker will survive to appear in subsequent books, it's still one hell of a ride.
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Reading Progress

January 22, 2010 – Shelved
January 22, 2010 – Shelved as: hardcase-writers
January 22, 2010 – Shelved as: crime-and-mystery
March 16, 2010 – Started Reading
March 16, 2010 –
page 1
0.47%
March 16, 2010 –
page 56
26.05%
Finished Reading
March 17, 2010 –
page 85
39.53%
March 17, 2010 –
page 97
45.12%
March 17, 2010 –
page 109
50.7%
March 17, 2010 –
page 109
50.7% "the double cross!"
March 17, 2010 –
page 128
59.53%
March 17, 2010 –
page 224
100%
December 22, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
February 15, 2011 – Shelved as: westlake

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