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Dirty Money Hardcover – April 23, 2008
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The "Parker" novels only reveal characters' traits and personalities through their responses to plot developments (there are no breaks in the plot to show what characters do during a quiet night at home, for instance), and this novel is no exception. Having said that, we do get a few new chords in the song this time out, to keep things interesting. For one thing, we get to see a lot more of Parker's girlfriend (or possibly wife, for all we know) Claire, who actually helps out with the caper in progress. And there's also an entertaining female bounty hunter, Sandra Loscalzo, who's part of the gang this time. Sandra's amusing banter (which even makes the stoic Parker crack a small smile from time to time) adds another layer to the book, but not to the point of softening the hardboiled nature of the proceedings (thankfully).
I did like the fact that Parker is actually allowed an outright laugh line this time out, positioned as the last line in the book, no less. But don't worry; though very funny, it's an edgy, noir-ish bit of humor very much in tone with the dark flavor of this excellent crime series.
Note to fellow Amazon Kindle users: The book reads excellently on the Kindle, which is also offering the previously mentioned "Nobody Runs Forever" and "Ask the Parrot". So you're all set to enjoy the entire three-book epic. And by the time you're finished, maybe a few other "Parker" novels will make their way onto Kindle (right now, "Firebreak" is the only other one available). But, really, you don't need to read these books in order.Read more ›
Parker was always the most competent and often the deadliest man among the thieves and others he partnered with. He did what needed to be done, and if that involved leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, well then, that was just what the job demanded. No hard feelings.
Along the way, Stark (a pseudonym for master crime writer Donald Westlake) took an extented break from the Parker books between 1974's Butcher's Moon, the sixteenth book in the series, and 1997's Comeback, the seventeenth. The earlier books tended to be leaner and cut closer to the bone. The later ones are not quite so spare and Parker might be just a tad softer. They are still a lot of fun, but the first sixteen are grittier and generally better.
In the twenty second book, Nobody Runs Forever, Parker and his confederates knocked over an armored car that was carrying a little over two million dollars from one bank to another. But the law moved in so swiftly that the gang could not get away with the money. They were forced to stash it in the choir loft of an abandoned rurual church.Read more ›
Dirty Money is the third of a modern trilogy starting with Nobody Runs Forever followed by Ask the Parrot. Yes, suggest that you should read them in order
Here’s what makes the Trilogy series different than the earlier Parker series: first is women in roles important to the story, and second is technology. In the earlier series, technology played no meaningful part in Parker’s crimes and police attempts to capture him. There were no cell phones, Internet, online police cars, online credit card fraud checks, problems transporting weapons, and few cameras.
Most importantly in the older series, Parker easily remained anonymous living off the proceeds of the last job (not all of them succeeded). Parker would return to work only when he needed money. He recognized the risk of his profession--separating other people from their money--and was the consummate professional managing the risk of capture.
In Dirty Money, Parker’s identify is blown and he goes to great length (and expense) to establish a new identity. So we learn how new identities can be created (it is difficult and expensive), and how “Dirty Money”--marked money--is laundered for a fee. Millions of marked money is useless…unless it can be laundered.
Parker is the consummate pragmatist. In Dirty Money, we learn another side of Parker: He decides to do business with people who previously tried to kill him (they eventually regretted it) because there is something in it for both of them. They’re mutually suspicious of course.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story has lots of twists and turns, lots of surprises. The main characters were very well developed. Even the minor characters were very well done. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake) provides a satisfactory conclusion to his Parker trilogy which began with Nobody Runs Forever, continued in Ask The Parrot and concludes with... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tim Field
Donald Westlakes Parker series is enjoyable reading.The plots are very well thought out. All of the other charecters fit in nicely with the storyPublished 6 months ago by Eewin P Mushalko
The late and much lamented Richard Stark ends his Parker series with a bang. There are setbacks and complications as Parker seeks to retrieve the loot he stashed after an armored... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tom blumenfeld
Starting with Nobody Runs Forever, followed by Ask the Parrot and finally culminating in Dirty Money, Donald Westlake aka Richard Stark closes what can only be described as a three... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steven W. Blackwood
Yep you've got me hooked Richard stark is on my list to read everything he's done.great stuff buddy - Pete AdamsPublished 15 months ago by pete atomz