The Black Ice Score A Parker Novel Author:Richard Stark Three guys wearing black suits and holding guns were giving Parker a lesson in economics. All about the haves and the have-nots. The good guys in a new African nation were missing a treasury full of diamonds. They were the have-nots. The nation's corrupt leader had stashed the rocks somewhere in New York City. He and his henchmen were the h... more »aves. Now the good guys needed a specialist to get their diamonds back. So they came to the best in the business: Parker. Only the three mysterious tough guys came to Parker, too. They figured three hands filled with .38s could convince him to pass up this international gem game. But leaning on Parker was like pressuring a box of TNT with a short fuse. "Cunning...courage...imagination...Parker is in action once more." (New York Times)« less
All the Parker books by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) are great. I'm reading my way through them in order and enjoying them very much. I have also read most of the Donald Westlake Dortmunder series, in which the protagonist is a character variation of Parker whose experiences are hapless and comic. So this book, The Black Ice Score, is a partner to the Dortmunder book, The Hot Rock, which was made into a mediocre movie with Robert Redford. Anyway, if you love Stark/Westlake's writing the novels are a delight to compare. Stark's prose style for the Parker books is, well, stark. Sparse prose. Action exactly described. A cheerless world. And Parker never ruminates about anything. Westlake's prose style and character descriptions are a funny variation in The Hot Rock. Recommend both!