By Richard Stark
They’re thieves. Heisters, to be detailed. They’re professionals, and Parker is way and away the easiest of them. If you’re making plans a role, you will have him in. tricky, clever, hardworking, and relentlessly excited by his alternate, he's the heister’s heister, the robber’s robber, the heavy’s heavy. You don’t are looking to go him, and also you don’t are looking to get in his means, simply because he’ll cease at not anything to get what he’s after.
Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous secret novels, is likely one of the such a lot unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by way of critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style—and loved by means of enthusiasts who flip each one intoxicating web page with expanding urgency—Stark is a grasp of crime writing, his books as influential as any within the style. The collage of Chicago Press has launched into a undertaking to come back the early volumes of this sequence to print for a brand new new release of readers to discover—and develop into addicted to.
In The Outfit, Parker is going toe-to-toe with the mob—hitting them with heist after heist after heist—and the full underworld learns an unforgettable lesson: no matter what Parker does, he does deadly.
“Westlake is familiar with accurately easy methods to seize a reader, draw her or him into the tale, after which slowly tighten his grip until eventually get away is impossible.”—Washington Post booklet World
“Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there earlier than. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does with out Leonard. . . . previous grasp that he's, Stark does them all one better.”—Los Angeles Times
“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are one of the small variety of books I learn again and again. put out of your mind all that crap you’ve been telling your self approximately War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll wish on that wilderness island.”—Lawrence Block
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