Richard Stark Breakout

ISBN 13: 9780709074625

Breakout

 
9780709074625: Breakout

A Mystery Writers of America Grand Master

In a city at the center of an empty state, Parker is caught moving drugs into a waiting truck. Taken to a place no one has ever escaped, Parker has to find a way out before his past catches up with him.

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Review:

Tired of do-gooder heroes saving the day? Meet Parker--just Parker to you, bub--a one-man wrecking crew, cunning, fearless, and more than just a little cold-blooded. Writing again under hard-boiled alter-ego Richard Stark, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald E. Westlake returns to the violent world of his legendary criminal creation with Breakout.

This time around Parker has picked certain members of his crew wrong and the job goes south right into the county lockup. Alone and isolated, the antihero finds himself without much wiggle room. But experienced Stark readers know, wiggling is what the slippery Parker does best. In Breakout, he wiggles himself out of jail and right into an even more dangerous situation involving an armory, a tunnel, and a jewelry wholesaler.

While there are rough spots here and there, Breakout is simply another fun-to-read Parker novel, taking readers again to the flip side where the bad guys win and the good guys are never as good as they should be. Call it a great escape because, with this Parker novel in particular, that's just what it is. --Jeremy Pugh

About the Author:

Richard Stark, who is also Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald E. Westlake, lives in upstate New York.

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