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The Sour Lemon Score by Richard Stark
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Apr 05, 2010

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

When the loot from a heist falls short of expectations, George Uhl kills two of the men and takes the money. Too bad he didn't finish the job and kill Parker too. Now Parker's on his tail and wants his money and George Uhl's hide. Too bad other people are after George and the money as well...

The Sour Lemon Score really washed away the lingering bad taste of The Black Ice Score. Parker does what he does best, solving problems. With no Claire to soften him, he's the relentless Parker of old. The plot itself is like a throwback to the earlier Parkers where you just waited for the inevitable double cross.

The heist of the title was only a minor part of the plot. Parker traipsing around the country trying to catch Uhl was the driving force of the story and kept the suspense going. Parker showed a little more compassion than we're used to near the end but it felt consistent with his character, as did the state he left his enemies in.

Another first rate Parker story by Richard Stark. If you liked the others, you'll like this one.
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Reading Progress

April 5, 2010 – Shelved
April 5, 2010 – Shelved as: crime-and-mystery
April 5, 2010 – Shelved as: hardcase-writers
August 9, 2010 – Started Reading
August 9, 2010 –
page 1
August 9, 2010 –
page 16
August 9, 2010 –
page 37
August 9, 2010 –
page 136
August 9, 2010 – Finished Reading
December 14, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
February 15, 2011 – Shelved as: westlake

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James Thane Thanks for posting the review, Dan. I'm anxious to get to this one.

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