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The Outfit: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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When the hit fails, as of course it must, Parker sets in place a devious plan to hurt the Outfit just as he promised. What follows is a highly entertaining string of crimes around the country, striking blow after blow on behalf of our anti-hero, Parker.
If you're simply after a flat out entertaining book of action sequences that aren't cluttered up with pesky character development, then this is the book for you. As a matter of fact, the entire Parker series is for you. Parker remains the true dispassionate enigma. Sure he's heartless, cruel and vindictive but you've just gotta love the rascal.
"When the woman screamed, Parker awoke and rolled of the bed. He heard the plop
of a silencer behind him as he rolled, and the bullet punched the pillow where his head had been."
"He landed face down on the floor. His stubby , pregnant .32 was clipped to the springs under the bed like a huge black fly standing upside down, and Parker's hand was reaching out for it before he hit the floor"
So begins the Outfit, the third of the Parker books. A series that to date includes:
1) The Hunter (Also published as, "Point Blank")(1963; AKA Point Blank, Payback; Parker, by Richard Stark).
2) The Man with the Getaway Face (Parker Novels)(1963; AKA The Steel Hit; Parker,(1963;
3) ...Read more ›
Parker is one of my favorite characters. I do not like Parker for his occupation (master criminal and robber) nor for his typical methods (he often kills a few people during his heists). I like Parker's personality and discipline. Parker says little and means exactly what he says (sort of a Clint Eastwood in "spaghetti westerns"). Parker is direct, follows a strict code (targets only the rich and never hurts weak or disadvantaged people), and always acts like a gentleman.
In "The Outfit", Parker decides that he needs to handle his problem with organized crime. So our master planner attempts to cut a deal with the big bosses of crime. When he meets heavy resistence, he decides to change the leadership of the outfit. Can he do it? Can Parker actually cause a revolution within the Outfit and get a better deal from new leaders? Parker's plan is pure genius in its simplicity. Parker knows the weakness in Mob security and exploits it, Parker know what the mob usually plains and devises cleaver way to dismantle security and provide Parker and his partners excelled access to armoires .....
The Outfit is a short book with a lot of action. Richard Stark keeps us "briefed" in all the action. We observe both the planning and the execution of numerous criminal actions. The ongoing suspense continually rivets our attention.
The "Outfit" is a fine mystery filled with plots, schemes, and suspenseful action. I recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read the first three Parker novels and two of the later ones. I like the earlier novels better than the later ones (so far). The Outfit is a fun and enjoyable read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are no good guys in this book. Just criminals stealing from criminals. No mystery to be solved.Published 9 months ago by Paige & Geoff Brown
Parker goes after The Mob and its Boss.
I scored it 4 starz because of a patch of navel gazing, soul searching, and stopping to smell the roses. Read more