The Black Ice Score

The Black Ice Score
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2011-05-01
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN : 0226772810
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A corrupt African colonel has converted half his country's wealth into diamonds and smuggled them to a Manhattan safe house. Four upstanding citizens plan to rescue their new nation by stealing the diamonds back—with the help of a “specialist”—Parker, that is. He has the best references in town. Will Parker break his rule against working with amateurs and help them because his woman would be disappointed if he doesn’t? Or because three hired morons have threatened to kill him and his woman if he does? They thought they were buying an advantage, but what they get is a predated death certificate. “Crime fiction stripped down—as it was meant to be. . . . Oh, how the pages keep turning.”—Philadelphia Inquirer “Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”—Los Angeles Times

The Black Ice Score

The Black Ice Score
A Book

by Donald E. Westlake

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1968
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Black Ice Score

The Black Ice Score
A Book

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1965
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN : 9780074598320
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Parker becomes involved with African politicians, rival criminals, and a large cache of diamonds.

The Rare Coin Score

The Rare Coin Score
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2011-05-01
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 0226772926
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 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 discover—and become addicted to. 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

The Green Eagle Score

The Green Eagle Score
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2011-05-01
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN : 0226772829
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Here’s Parker—planning to steal the entire payroll of an Air Force base in upstate New York, with help from Marty Fusco, fresh out of the pen, and a smart aleck finance clerk named Devers. Holed up with family in a scrappy little town, the hoisters prepare for the risky job by trying to shorten the odds. But the ice is thinner than Parker likes to think—and Marty’s ex-wife is much more complicated. “Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly “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

The Sour Lemon Score

The Sour Lemon Score
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark,Dennis Lehane

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2010-05-15
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN : 0226771105
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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After a four-way split following a job, George Uhl begins to pick off his fellow hoisters, one by one. His first mistake? He doesn't begin things by putting a bullet into Parker.

The Seventh

The Seventh
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2011-05-01
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN : 0226772942
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 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 discover—and become addicted to. 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. “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

The Handle

The Handle
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2011-05-01
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 0226772837
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 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 discover—and become addicted to. 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. "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

100 Must-read Books for Men

100 Must-read Books for Men
A Book

by Stephen E. Andrews,Duncan Bowis

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2008-09-16
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 1408135876
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What do men like to read? This latest title in the successful 100 Must-read series provides a rich crop of selected reads of eternal fascination to men everywhere. With 100 titles fully featured and over 500 recommended, there is something for everyone, from the macho to the sentimental, sex, drugs and rock and roll, old age, childhood, power, seduction, courage and adventure. Written by two experienced male booksellers and writers, the selection draws from a wide range of genres: crime, thrillers, cult classics, classics, biography and non-fiction. Deftly researched with the male audience in mind, this book is an enabling tool for extending your range of reading. A lengthy introduction examines mens attitudes to reading, the differences between male and female reading tastes, the varying ways in which the sexes use/respond to language and how this is reflected in their choices of reading matter. Books featured include: Crash by J. G. Ballard, Junkie by William S. Burroughs, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse, Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian, The Book of Dave by Will Self, Touching the Void by Joe Simpson and Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe.

The Armchair Detective

The Armchair Detective
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1988
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Backflash

Backflash
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2011-04-15
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN : 0226770605
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The master thief, Parker, plots to rob a floating casino on the Hudson River. He puts together a team of robbers, ensures weapons are smuggled on board, and arranges for a getaway boat. The planning is meticulous, but will chance favor the enterprise?

The Damsel

The Damsel
An Alan Grofield Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2012-03-01
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : 0226770370
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Escaping from the pages of the master crime writer’s acclaimed Parker novels, a fast-talking actor-thief has an adventure of his own across Mexico. For years now, stage actor Alan Grofield has supported his craft with side gigs in the underworld, including a few dangerous heists with a ruthless criminal named Parker. After their last scheme, Grofield finds himself stranded in Mexico with a bullet wound and a bag of cash. And then things start to get interesting—when he watches a young woman climbing into his fifth-floor hotel window. It turns out Elly Fitzgerald has a taste for trouble to match Grofield’s penchant for finding it. When the hoods she’s running from catch up to her, she and Grofield set out on an action-packed road trip from Mexico City to Acapulco, hoping to stop an assassination along the way. The first Alan Grofield novel by crime fiction master Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard Stark, The Damsel is full of wit, adrenaline, and political intrigue. This edition includes a new foreword by Sarah Weinman.

Lemons Never Lie

Lemons Never Lie
An Alan Grofield Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2012-04-01
  • Pages : 221
  • ISBN : 0226770451
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A dubious heist plan pits actor-thief Alan Grofield against a maniacal mastermind in this crime thriller by the acclaimed author of Point Blank. A struggling thespian and consummate thief, Alan Grofield isn’t too picky about where his money comes from, or what he has to do to get it—so long as it isn’t film or television. So when Andrew Myers calls him out to Las Vegas to discuss knocking over a brewery in Upstate New York, Grofield is there and ready to listen. Unfortunately, what he hears is completely insane. But Myers isn’t a guy you can just say no to. And when Grofield is ambushed by two shotgun-wielding thugs before Leaving Las Vegas, it sets off a lighting-fast thriller of high-stakes double-crosses, getting even, and beating the odds. Available as an e-book–only edition, Lemons Never Lie is a classic crime thriller by the WMA Grandmaster Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard Stark.

The Dame

The Dame
An Alan Grofield Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2012-03-01
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 0226770400
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An action-packed whodunit set in San Juan by the crime fiction master and author of Point Blank. “A book by this guy is a cause for happiness” (Stephen King). Part-time actor-thief Alan Grofield has had his share of odd gigs, including a number of dangerous heists with a certain ruthless criminal named Parker. But nothing has been as dangerous, or as mystifying, as when he somehow finds himself playing bodyguard to a rich, demanding woman who’s in the midst of divorcing a notorious mobster. Holed up in her isolated jungle villa, Grofield can’t help wondering how he got there. Then someone gets murdered at the house, and Grofield’s job gets a lot more complicated. The second Alan Grofield novel by Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard Stark The Dame is a rare Westlake take on a whodunit, features a cast of colorful characters and a suspenseful—and memorable—climax. This edition includes a new foreword by Sarah Weinman.

Parker

Parker
Movie Tie-in Edition, Originally Published as "Flashfire"

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2013-01-05
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 022600239X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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There have been many film adaptations of Richard Stark’s novels over the years, but none of them actually featured a protagonist named Parker—and none of them fully captured Parker’s chilling tenacity and laconic anticharm. Here for the first time is the real Parker, played by Jason Statham. Adapted by Black Swan screenwriter John J. McLaughlin, and directed by Taylor Hackford, Parker is sure to both satisfy Stark fans and action-movie lovers. And there couldn’t be a better Parker novel to bring to the silver screen than the fast-paced and stylish Flashfire. When Flashfire opens, Parker isn’t happy. Three associates have borrowed his money for a job without permission, and he isn’t satisfied to wait and see if they make good. Instead, he vows to kill them all. Tearing across America to take their job out from under them, Parker finds himself in West Palm Beach. There things go sour. While attempting to trick the denizens of Palm Beach into accepting him for one of their own, Parker is gut-shot and forced to rely on a beautiful civilian, played in the film by Jennifer Lopez, for help. But even injured and exhausted, Parker still has his killer instinct, and he shows how unwise—and deadly—it is to cross him. Part heist movie, part unexpected romance, and mostly explosions, Parker brings to life Stark’s hero with verve and violence, while taking viewers on an action-packed adventure they won’t soon forget. Also starring Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Patti Lupone, and Wendell Pierce, Parker is hitting theaters near you this January. Hard.

The Blackbird

The Blackbird
An Alan Grofield Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2012-03-01
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 0226770435
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Donald E. Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hardboiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists. Using the same nom de plume, Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker. While he shares events and characters with several Parker novels, Grofield is less calculating and more hot-blooded than Parker; think fewer guns, more dames. Not that there isn’t violence and adventure aplenty. The third Grofield novel, The Blackbird shares its first chapter with Slayground: after a traumatic car crash, Parker eludes the police, but Grofield gets caught. Lying injured in the hospital, Grofield is visited by G-Men who offer him an alternative to jail, and he finds himself forced into a deadly situation involving international criminals and a political conspiracy. With a new foreword by Sarah Weinman that situates the Grofield series within Westlake’s work as a whole, this novel is an exciting addition to any crime fiction fan’s library.

Deadly Edge

Deadly Edge
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2010-09-15
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 9780226772967
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Deadly Edge bids a brutal adieu to the 1960s as Parker robs a rock concert, and the heist goes south. Soon Parker finds himself—and his woman, Claire—menaced by a pair of sadistic, drug-crazed hippies. Parker has a score to settle while Claire’s armed with her first rifle—and they’re both ready to usher in the end of the Age of Aquarius. “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 “The Parkers read with the speed of pulp while unfolding with an almost Nabovokian wit and flair.” — Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times

Breakout

Breakout
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2017-09-08
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 022650834X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Together at last. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake, one of the greats of crime fiction, wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hard-boiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists and a code all his own. With the publication of the last four Parker novels Westlake wrote—Breakout, Nobody Runs Forever, Ask the Parrot, and Dirty Money—the University of Chicago Press pulls the ultimate score: for the first time ever, the entire Parker series will be available from a single publisher. With Parker locked up and about to be unmasked, Breakout follows his Houdini-like escape from prison with a team of convicts. But when a new heist and new dangers—con artists, snitches, busybodies, eccentrics, and cops—loom among the dark alleys and old stone buildings of the big city to which they’ve fled, Parker soon learns that not all prisons have bars. Featuring new forewords by Chris Holm, Duane Swierczynski, and Laura Lippman—celebrated crime writers, all—these masterworks of noir are the capstone to an extraordinary literary run that will leave you craving more. Written over the course of fifty years, the Parker novels are pure artistry, adrenaline, and logic both brutal and brilliant. Join Parker on his jobs and read them all again or for the first time. But don’t talk to the law.

Firebreak

Firebreak
A Parker Novel

by Richard Stark

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2011-08-15
  • Pages : 297
  • ISBN : 0226770656
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Firebreak takes Parker to a palatial Montana hunting lodge where a dot-com millionaire hides a gallery of stolen old masters--which will fetch Parker a pretty penny if his team can just get it past the mansion's tight security. The forests of Montana are an inhospitable place for a heister when well-laid plans fall apart, but no matter how untamed the wilderness, Parker's guaranteed to be the most dangerous predator around."--Page 4 of cover.

The Getaway Car

The Getaway Car
A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany

by Donald E. Westlake

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2014-09-24
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN : 022612181X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Collection of published and unpublished gems: a memoir about learning to write, an imaginary interview between Westlake's various identities, essays on writing, introductions, and letters to writers like Stephen King and Brian Garfield. A true miscellany, this includes a piece by Abigail Westlake, a recipe for "May's Famous Tuna Casserole" and a 'Midnight snack'."--From the publisher.