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You probably havenâ€™t ever noticed them. But theyâ€™ve noticed you. They notice everything. Thatâ€™s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellersâ€™ work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.
Theyâ€™re thieves. Heisters, to be precise. Theyâ€™re pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If youâ€™re planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heisterâ€™s heister, the robberâ€™s robber, the heavyâ€™s heavy. You donâ€™t want to cross him, and you donâ€™t want to get in his way, because heâ€™ll stop at nothing to get what heâ€™s after.
Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Starkâ€™s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Â Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-styleâ€”and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgencyâ€”Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discoverâ€”and become addicted to.
In The Outfit, Parker goes toe-to-toe with the mobâ€”hitting them with heist after heist after heistâ€”and the entire underworld learns an unforgettable lesson: whatever Parker does, he does deadly.
â€œWestlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.â€â€”Washington Post Book World
â€œElmore Leonard wouldnâ€™t write what he does if Stark hadnâ€™t been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldnâ€™t write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.â€â€”Los Angeles Times
â€œDonald Westlakeâ€™s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap youâ€™ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proustâ€”these are the books youâ€™ll want on that desert island.â€â€”Lawrence Block
Author : Richard Stark
ISBN : 0226771016
Language : English
No of Pages : 224
Edition : Reprint
Publication Date : 9/1/2008
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 7.9x5.3x0.6
Book weight : 0.01
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