The Handle A Parker Novel Author:Richard Stark Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark?s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style?and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency?Stark is a master of crime writing, his b... more »ooks 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 discover?and become addicted to. This season?s offerings include volumes 7?9 in the series: The Seventh, The Handle, and The Rare Coin Score. In The Seventh, the heist of a college football game goes bad, and the take is stolen by a crazed, violent amateur. Parker must outrun the cops?and the killer?to retrieve his cash. In The Handle, Parker is enlisted by the mob to knock off an island casino guarded by speedboats and heavies, forty miles from the Texas coast. TheRare Coin Score features the first appearance of Claire, who will steal Parker?s heister?s heart?while together they steal two million dollars of rare coins. ?Parker . . . lumbers through the pages of Richard Stark?s noir novels scattering dead bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a complex world [he] makes things simple.??William Grimes, New York Times ?Whatever Stark writes, I read. He?s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.??Elmore Leonard ?Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.??Washington Post Book World ?Donald Westlake?s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you?ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust?these are the books you?ll want on that desert island.??Lawrence Block Also available from the University of Chicago Press:The HunterThe Man with the Getaway FaceThe OutfitThe MournerThe JuggerThe Score« less
Today's cold rainy weather required a special kind of escape. Perhaps an old Cagney or Bogart movie; or maybe Edward G. Robinson or George Raft. Maybe I should read something by Stephen King or Elmore Leonard. Happily, I turned to Richard Stark and once again neither he nor the amoral Parker disappointed... but then again they never do.