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You probably haven’t ever noticed them But they’ve noticed you They notice everything That’s their job Sitting uietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers’ work habits the positions of the security guards Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrackThey’re thieves Heisters to be precise They’re pros and Parker is far and away the best of them If you’re planning a job you want him in Tough smart hardworking and relentlessly focused on his trade he is the heister’s heister the robber’s robber the heavy’s heavy You don’t want to cross him and you don’t want to get in his w DripDripDripDripDripDripthat is the sound of icy cold 80 proof liuid badasseliciousness seeping from every pore of Richard Stark’s mantastic anti hero Parker Over the past several seasons thanks in large part to Kemper and Dan I have become a big fan of crime fiction During my reading excursions I have come across some very engaging characters with high uotients of rough and tumble nastinessParker is in a mold breaking class by himself He’s unlike anyone else I've stumbled upon within the noiry hardboiled pages of the criminal thriller I see Parker less as a man and of a force of nature A violent and devastating storm especially when some criminal douchewacker sucks on the stupid pipe and decides to wrong him which Odin help them they always do When this happens when his hackles redden and his dander rises Parker will crystallize his focus into the relentless pursuit of putting paid to payback and the man is well nigh unstoppable HeisTHEman PLOT SUMMARY Note If you haven’t read the first two parker novels you should really start with The Hunter and The Man With the Getaway Face as events from those two stories form the foundation for much of this storyIn this third installment of the series a seriously misguided member of the Outfit ie the mob organized crime the Commission etc sends a hitman to cap Parker He failsof course However before Parker allows the killer to expire from Parker’s ungentle ministrations he “convinces” the scumbag to offer up the names of the soon to be deceased people who put the hit on him Parker Action item #1 Bring world of hurt to criminal idiots who crossed him including the head of the Outfit Arthur Branson CheckHowever it gets even better You see Parker had previously promised the Outfit in The Hunter that if they ever crossed him again he would get some of his “like minded associates” to punch them in the wallet Parker is a man of his word so he sits down and writes 50 letters to 50 different people each along the lines of the following FrankThe Outfit thinks it has a grievance on me It doesn’t But it keeps sending its punks around to make trouble I told their headman I’d give them money trouble if they didn’t uit and they didn’t uit You told me one time about a lay you worked for that gambling place outside of Boston and you’d do me a favor if you knocked it off in the next couple of weeks I’m writing some of the other boys too so you can be sure they’ll be too busy to go looking for you special I don’t want a cut and I can’t come in on the job because I’ll be busy making trouble myself You can always get in touch with me care of Joe Sheer out in Omaha Maybe we’ll work together again some day What an awesome setup for a story The rest of the novel is like a series of Oceans 11 like mini capers as some experienced craftsman bring their uniue talents to knocking over some of the Outfit's most lucrative operations All the while Parker engages in his one man beat down against the Outfit leading to a final confrontation with its head Arthur BransonAnyone want to guess who comes out on top?THOUGHTSI love these novels to the point of being a bit clingy They are my benchmark for crime fiction Stark’s writing style his delivery his pacing and his plotting are damn near perfect for this genre As for Parker he's a masterpiece and Stark's description of his physical appearance in The Hunter is pure gold big and shaggy with flat suare shouldersHis handslooked like they were molded of brown clay by a sculptor who thought big and liked veins His hair was brown and dry and dead blowing around his head like a poor toupee about to fly loose His face was a chipped chunk of concrete with eyes of flawed onyx His mouth was a uick stroke bloodless Basically he’s the kind of guy that scares cancer and can make a dead man piss himself As for his character profile it’s pretty simple and yet so very uniue He isn’t good he isn’t evil He has no friends but he’s also not lonely He has companionship when he wants it or when he’s doing a job otherwise solitude is just dandy with him He moves through society unseen making scores to cover his expenses He has no aspirations for power or wealth except to the extent the latter allows him some periodic downtime to relax and enjoy some comfortsFinally he is also very smart He doesn’t uote sonnets or study the mathematics of string theory but he's clever shrewd and has gift for strategic planning and tactics He is also very serious and doesn't break cover Stark once described him as always playing it straight in the novel As Stark put it “Never once have I caught him winking at the reader” That is good stuff and this novel is great fun 40 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

ePub The Outfit

The OutfitUnderworld learns an unforgettable lesson whatever Parker does he does deadly “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  “El Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there before And uentin 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  in the hunter parker warned the Outfit that if he were to instruct all his contacts to hit Outfit run businesses across the nation they could put some serious hurting on the organization it never comes to that in this book it does and it's glorious not only do we track parker's moves against high ranking members of the Outfit but individual chapters are devoted to heists and jobs by various transient criminals directed at the Outfit good stuff i've always loved stories which feature an interconnected underworld of criminals bad guys robbers vampires aliens etc who live amongst us and do what we do up to a point the sun goes down and they knock around empty train depots greasy spoons dive bars pool halls city streets etc and do bad things there's some great nerdy little metaphors for society wrapped up in all of this but also in general it reinforces the belief that ordinary day by day life has an underside that there are aliens in the midst that everything is not exactly as it should be this comforts me and this is parker's world a world which rejects the mainstream and also rejects the mainstream criminal organization the Outfit parker lives his life by his own rules most of the year spent at various resort hotels and spas and the other months in crappy anonymous motel rooms assembling a team and pulling off a heist intersperse some dames and some booze and that's parker it's sinister and scary and romantic and cool and i'm always a sucker for it but what this book is really about is going soft it's about how when those on the margins become too big powerful or prestigious they're absorbed into the mainstream and go limp and parker capitalizes on this he understands that the Outfit might be thousands strong with millions of dollars and unlimited political connections but he also realizes that they're mired down in bureaucracy and red tape and have turned slow and soft and if he hits 'em hard and fast enough they have no means of recourse he can slip into the night and there ain't a damn thing they can do about it a b story featuring parker's favorite crime buddy handy mckay shows how after years of heists he's piled up enough money so that he can realize his dream to get outta the business and open a diner and this worries parker once a guy doesn't feel that urgency he like the Outfit gets soft and lazy and slow not good and parker parker ain't soft anything but check this out as any good parkerphile knows parker is celibate during the planning and doing phases of the 'job' but once it's done he reuires sex lots of it in the final pages of this book as he's writing letters to his buddies that the Outift has given in to his demands and operations should cease a plump whore from downstairs enters his room offering up a freebie we like this woman and kinda want parker to do the deed here's what we get It would be a nice break from the letter writing to toss this one once a soft uickie on the clean sheets But the blank cowlike face stopped him because he knew there was a blank bovine mind behind it The first one after a job ought to be a good one like Bett not a pig from Scrantonand i've gotta see this movie robert duvall as the parker character with robert ryan and joe don baker next up the mourner

Richard Stark Î The Outfit eBook

ePub º mobi The Outfit í Free ↠ Richard Stark  You probably haven’t ever noticed them But they’ve noticed you They notice everything That’s their job Sitting uietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers’ work habits the positions of the security guards Lagging a few car lengthAy because he’ll stop at nothing to get what he’s afterParker the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous mystery novels is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir  Lauded by critics for his taut realism unapologetic amorality and razor sharp prose style and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency Stark is a master of crime writing his books as influential as any in the genre The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover and become addicted toIn The Outfit Parker goes toe to toe with the mob hitting them with heist after heist after heist and the entire The third in Stark’s Parker series and you really should read the first three in order at least—this is the culmination of a story When The Outfit tries to kill Parker in bed with a woman he decides he needs to “settle things” which for you and me might mean having a heart to heart talk with someone Parker is a loner but he writes letters to fifty people he knows around the country such as this oneFrankThe Outfit thinks it has a grievance on me It doesn’t But it keeps sending its punks around to make trouble I told their headman I’d give them money trouble if they didn’t uit and they didn’t uit You told me one time about a lay you worked for that gambling place outside of Boston and you’d do me a favor if you knocked it off in the next couple of weeks I’m writing some of the other boys too so you can be sure they’ll be too busy to go looking for you special I don’t want a cut and I can’t come in on the job because I’ll be busy making trouble myself You can always get in touch with me care of Joe Sheer out in Omaha Maybe we’ll work together again some daySo for Parker “settling things” means setting up a nation wide series of than twenty hits on various Outfit concerns with a final plan to kill Branson the Big Boss of the organization Parker as I said a loner connects withhold pal Handy who had wanted to retire and open a restaurant in Maine But if Parker gets what he wants can Handy really retire? He’s having too much “fun” As Stark says of Parker he never feels as alive as when he is on a job doing it intensely doing it right I like most in this book the—in effect—set of anecdotes or short stories imbedded in this war on the mob In each story of a hit too are embedded entertaining details A monopoly game a dime as part of a take in one robbery—in the process I had read the comics adaptation of The Outfit by Darwyn Cook which I also liked though it is much condensed of course