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All Too Familiar
on November 29, 2012
The Mourner was something of a let down after the first three Parker books. The plot ties up a loose end from The Outfit, but, without spoiling anything, it seemed more like a mashup of the themes and events from the previous novels than something original. Even my favorite park of Richard Stark's novels, the planning of the heist, isn't really here. There is one great chapter devoted to explaining the reasoning behind different getaway plans, but the down to the second scheming found in Man With the Getaway Face and The Outfit is strangely absent considering that this is just another heist novel.
The book does have its moments, though, as Parker's ruthlessness continues to grow. Despite this, Westlake/Stark maintains the characters loyalty to his friends. I found that aspect of his personality very surprising in the earlier books but I'm glad to see it continues here.