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Paperback 278 Pages / Published: 23/08/2011
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Between Parker's 1961 debut and his return in the late 1990s, the world of crime changed considerably. Now fake IDs and credit cards had to be purchased from specialists; increasingly sophisticated policing made escape and evasion tougher; and, worst of all, money had gone digital - the days of cash-stuffed payroll trucks were long gone. But cash isn't everything: Flashfire finds Parker going after a fortune in jewels. In this story, Parker's in West Palm Beach, competing with a crew that has an unhealthy love of explosions; when things go sour, Parker finds himself shot and trapped - and forced to rely on a civilian to survive.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226770628
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.
--Stephen King "Entertainment Weekly ""
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"
Richard Stark s Parker novels . . . are among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, of any time.
--John Banville "Bookforum ""
Parker is a true treasure. . . . The master thief is back, along with Richard Stark.
--Marilyn Stasio "New York Times Book Review ""
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"
Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call roman noirs.
--Anthony Boucher "New York Times Book Review ""
The UC Press mission, to reprint the 1960s Parker novels of Richard Stark (the late Donald Westlake), is wholly admirable. The books have been out of print for decades, and the fast-paced, hard-boiled thrillers featuring the thief Parker are brilliant.
--H. J. Kirchoff "Globe and Mail ""
"Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag."
--Stephen King "Entertainment Weekly "
"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
"Richard Stark's Parker novels . . . are among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, of any time."
--John Banville "Bookforum "
"Parker is a true treasure. . . . The master thief is back, along with Richard Stark."
--Marilyn Stasio "New York Times Book Review "
"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
"Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity--a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call roman noirs."
--Anthony Boucher "New York Times Book Review "
"Parker is a brilliant invention. . . . What chiefly distinguishes Westlake, under whatever name, is his passion for process and mechanics. . . . Parker appears to have eliminated everything from his program but machine logic, but this is merely protective coloration. He is a romantic vestige, a free-market anarchist whose independent status is becoming a thing of the past."
--Luc Sante "New York Review of Books "
"If you're a fan of noir novels and haven't yet read Richard Stark, you may want to give these books a try. Who knows? Parker may just be the son of a bitch you've been searching for."
--John McNally "Virginia Quarterly Review "
"The University of Chicago Press has recently undertaken a campaign to get Parker back in print in affordable and handsome editions, and I dove in. And now I get it."
--Josef Braun "Vue Weekly "
"Whether early or late, the Parker novels are all superlative literary entertainments."
--Terry Teachout "Weekly Standard "
"The UC Press mission, to reprint the 1960s Parker novels of Richard Stark (the late Donald Westlake), is wholly admirable. The books have been out of print for decades, and the fast-paced, hard-boiled thrillers featuring the thief Parker are brilliant."
--H. J. Kirchoff "Globe and Mail "

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