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4.0 out of 5 stars Earned the right to live well, May 5, 2012
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This review is from: Flashfire: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels Book 19) (Kindle Edition)
Parker's adventures this time lead him to Palm Beach, where only people who did not have to work for their money are part of the elite. Just being rich is not distinction enough. You must also be known to have inherited or, just barely acceptable, married your wealth. Nothing as vulgar as work or business counts. And yet, this old money elite is dead sure that they earned the right to live well. Stark masterfully depicts levels of caste distinction.

Parker has not come to rob, his usual craft, but mainly to take revenge. That is a matter of principle with him. His professional ethics don't allow him to let people live who have once double-crossed him. Could be though, that at the end of the revenge, he will also be able to carry away some loot.

In pace, action, and narrative efficiency, this is among the usual high standard for Parker. In the plot, however, I see holes, for the first time in the series. Maybe I am wrong and there are no real holes.
The gang wants to hide on the island after the heist, since escape will be near impossible, but they have chosen a house that will surely be searched. Not convincing. Parker had disagreed with the project and stayed out of it. So would I have. Ahem. Did Stark want to show us that these gangsters are idiots? The flaw is so obvious.
Similarly, their heist itself, while flashy and implemented with pizzaz, has an element of illogic with regard to the tools used... But explaining this would be a spoiler.

Or: the meddling woman, who desperately wants in on the heist as a way to a new life, behaves so recklessly that it can hardly be plausible, other than as a disguised suicide attempt. Crazy people do exist, but this person had been painted as a calculating risk taker, not as an outright nut who would walk into annihilation without blinking.

I tend to give Stark the benefit of doubt, ie he must have been aware that the heist here is flawed, and that the woman is desperately crazy.
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