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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Donald Westlake, writing as Richard Stark, crerated one of the great noire protagonists, Parker (no first name) in a series of novels which he unexpectedly ended in 1974. Read morePublished 10 months ago by G. Simms
Wishing I could give more than five stars to this terrific example of Parker books
One of my favorites for sure
“Backflash” is the eighteenth novel in the Parker world. It is wedged between “Comeback” and “Flashfire” and, as Lawrence Block points out in the introduction, this is Westlake... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dave Wilde
When Richard Stark returned to write more Parkers, it was like Beethoven returning to the string quartet at the end of his life. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Christopher (o.d.c.)
BACKFLASH by Richard Stark.
This is about a heist from a riverboat gambling casino. The plans are a little more intricate than normal, including getting a guy to... Read more
An interesting take on a story.......good characters.....actually couldn't put it down. Well developed, with a clean ending...look forward to finding more of this guy.Published on April 4, 2013 by Rowdy
Back flash is one of Richard Stark's best stride. It has plenty of action and suspense. Parker is his usual competent best. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Fair Reviews