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Working his way across the Southeast in a series of carefully executed robberies and changes of identity, Parker arrives in Palm Beach, where he finds more barriers along the path of revenge than he could have imagined. Chief among them: a diabolically clever plan by his former partners; a real estate agent named Leslie with an unfortunately sharp sense of character; and a team of professional hit men out for Parker's blood (but why?).
In his third outing after a long retirement by Stark (the pen name of Donald E. Westlake, revered for the comic capers of his bumbling crook, Dortmunder), Parker is in fine form: steely, sardonic, detached. Stark's acidly funny depictions of Palm Beach and its native fauna are a bonus:
Alice Prester Young knew she was a herd animal, and enjoyed the knowledge, because the herd she moved with was the very best herd in all the world. For instance, here she was, at five-thirty this Thursday afternoon, in her chauffeured Daimler, with her new husband, the delicious Jack, to pick up just the perfect jewelry for tonight's pre-auction ball, and she knew when she arrived at the bank she would be surrounded by her own kind, chauffeured and cosseted women with attractive escorts, all coming to the bank (the only bank one could use, really) because this particular bank stayed open late whenever there was an important ball in town, just so the herd could come get its jewelry out of the safe-deposit boxes.Not to be missed by fans of gritty noir, nor by those who prefer their crime cocktails with a comic twist: Stark and Parker will give you both. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Parker books in general are pretty good. The early books are dated at this point, but they are all polished little gems of hard noir.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a first for me, I'm actually going to compare aspects of this book to its movie. I thought in the movie, the ending was much better resolved with clever added plot twists. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John J. Curley
All of the Parker books are fantastic. This one is most similar to the movie. But there are enough differences you can enjoy them both.Published 8 months ago by Philip Maymin
“Flashfire” is an amazing tour-de-force, even by the standards of Parker novels. It is one of the leanest, meanest, nastiest Parker novels ever to be published and, if you thought... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dave Wilde
I've read several other Stark (aka Westlake) novels before, and I enjoyed this one the most. Great pacing, great dialogue, no need for speed-reading any part of it, no gratuitous... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This 19th Parker novel finds him in Palm Beach, involved in a heist which gets more complicated as it goes along. This series is a classic for a reason; read it and find out why.Published 9 months ago by Tyson Blue
Donald Westlake (writing as Richard Stark) hit a home run with every single Parker novel but this one. Read morePublished 12 months ago by VG