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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Mti Rep edition (January 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022600225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226002255
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A book by this guy is cause for happiness.”

(Stephen King)

“Whatever Stark writes, I read. He’s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.”
(Elmore Leonard)

“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)

“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)

 “Parker is a true treasure.”
(Marilyn Stasio New York Times Book Review)

“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)

 “Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”
(Los Angeles Times)

“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)

“Parker is a brilliant invention. . . . What chiefly distinguishes Westlake, under whatever name, is his passion for process and mechanics. . . . Parker appears to have eliminated everything from his program but machine logic, but this is merely protective coloration. He is a romantic vestige, a free-market anarchist whose independent status is becoming a thing of the past.”
(Luc Sante New York Review of Books)

“Stark/Westlake is the cleanest of all noir novelists, a styleless stylist who gets to the point with stupendous economy, hustling you down the path of plot so briskly that you have to read his books a second time to appreciate the elegance and sober wit with which they are written."
(Terry Teachout Commentary)

“Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity—a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call roman noirs.”
(Anthony Boucher New York Times Book Review)

"If you're a fan of noir novels and haven't yet read Richard Stark, you may want to give these books a try. Who knows? Parker may just be the son of a bitch you've been searching for."
(John McNally Virginia Quarterly Review)

"The University of Chicago Press has recently undertaken a campaign to get Parker back in print in affordable and handsome editions, and I dove in. And now I get it."
(Josef Braun Vue Weekly)

"Whether early or late, the Parker novels are all superlative literary entertainments."
(Terry Teachout Weekly Standard)

“The UC Press mission, to reprint the 1960s Parker novels of Richard Stark (the late Donald Westlake), is wholly admirable. The books have been out of print for decades, and the fast-paced, hard-boiled thrillers featuring the thief Parker are brilliant.”
(H. J. Kirchoff Globe and Mail)

About the Author

Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008), a prolific author of crime fiction. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society’s highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christopher on August 30, 2013
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This is the third Parker "comeback" novel (Comeback, Backflash, Flashfire, Firebreak) and 17th overall. It may not be the best introduction to Parker. By this point in the series Westlake (or Stark) was clearly having fun doing everything backwards, or with a maestro's hand, and that is why I compare late Parker to late Beethoven. This book is PROFOUND.
Consider the way the book starts: a gang wants Parker in on a big heist, and when he says no thanks they "rob" him of his share in the job they just pulled, which to them is a loan; to Parker, it's a double cross. At least twice before, in The Sour Lemon Score: A Parker Novel and in Plunder Squad: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels), Stark did novels where our "sympathies" are with Parker because the crooks who double-cross him are much more evil. Here, the gang is arguably nicer, and that is a twist.
What next? Well, in Backflash, the heist itself was unusually long, three-quarters of the book. So, what we get in Flashfire is four heists in all by the end of part one. I won't call it "literally breathtaking," but it is pretty exhilarating. There are all sorts of twists and turns
I don't think we are supposed to sympathize with Parker. We can admire his toughness and resourcefulness, but he is a stone killer. It is Leslie, another amazing twist on the usual pulp heroinne, with whom we sympathize.
I eventually saw the movie on DVD, and it may have been above average for a Jason Stratham vehicle, but they changed too much (compromised?) from a perfect book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By seattle dude on March 9, 2013
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I normally read book series in the order in which they were written and am doing this for the Parker series, but I made an exception for "Flashfire"; ("Parker" staring Jason Statham)because I intend to see the movie. I won't say anything about the plot line except that Parker is an master thief anti-hero who does not belive in killing for the sake of it but don't try to double cross him. His heists are always well thought out but something always seeems to go wrong. How he gets out of tight spots and if he gets away with the loot, or not, makes all the Parker books a good read. The Parker books, which start with "The Hunter" are stand alone but they occasionally do reference events in the past (books) so if you have never read any of this series I recommend starting with "The Hunter" . Counting this book I have read 10 of the 24 Parker series books in the order written. "Richard Stark" is only one name under which Donald Westlake has written many books.
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By Stephen P Smith on December 12, 2013
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One of the best Parker capers, all action, multiple schemes, with the usual crisp writing and dialog. Fun. Fun. Fun.
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By Joseph on August 14, 2013
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As above was action packed as good if not better than the movie. This book is recommended to all those that love a good action packed page turner in my case a page tapper
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