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Stark, Richard

ISBN 10: 0892966629 / ISBN 13: 9780892966622
Edité par Mysterious Press (1998) no place given, 1998
Ancien(s) ou d'occasion Couverture rigide
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Very good in lightly edgeworn dust jacket. First Printing hardbound Author-signed on title (Donald E. Westlake (RS)). N° de réf. du libraire BOOKS022232

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Titre : Backflash

Éditeur : Mysterious Press (1998) no place given

Date d'édition : 1998

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Signé : Signed by Author(s)

Edition : 1st Edition

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Synopsis :

When the steel-nerved crook Parker receives a tip about a floating casino stuffed with cash on the Hudson River, the job is too tempting to pass up. With his usual meticulous precision, he plans every detail of the heist, from the guns to the getaway boat. His team is ready. But somebody finds out about the scheme, and soon Parker finds himself at the center of a maelstrom of greed, lies, and bullets. With no one to trust but himself, Parker must do what he does best: punch, shoot, and kill his way out of the night.


A large part of the pleasure of having Richard Stark back writing about the master criminal Parker is the obvious delight that Stark (a pen name for Donald Westlake) takes in doing the research for his capers. This one must have been a blast. Certainly, he must have spent time on board a cruise ship to get all the inside details for Parker's planned robbery of a fictional floating casino called the Spirit of the Hudson--details such as how to get the cash off (inside a wheelchair's converted potty seat) or how to make use of a hard-shelled female publicist.

Then there must have been a tour of old towns along the Hudson, to come up with this letter-perfect description of a seedy saloon: "It was called the Lido, but it shouldn't have been. It was an old bar, a gray wood cube cut deep into the ground floor of a narrow 19th Century brick house, and at two on a sunny afternoon in April it was dark and dry, smelling of old whiskey and dead wood.... At the bar, muttering together about sports and politics--other people's victories and defeats--were nine or ten shabbily dressed guys who were older than their teeth."

After Comeback (Parker's triumphant return to action after a 20-year hiatus), readers know that all the best planning in the world can't account for fate or human weakness. This time, a weirdly motivated retired civil servant, an out-of-control smalltown cop, and some greedy bikers stand in the way of Parker and Co.'s successful removal of $400,000 from the gambling boat. Stark is too gifted an artist to make their intervention trivial, and also too talented an entertainer to leave his old and new Parker fans unsatisfied with the outcome. --Dick Adler

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