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FREE MOBI ô DOC Firebreak 9780446678247 ò Parker put down the body and answered the phone And from that moment on he had two jobs to do One was to rob a remote Montana lodge where a dot com billionaire hid stolen art treasures in his basement The other was to find out why a hit man had come to his home and who had sent him PaParker put down the body and answered the phone And from that moment on he had two jobs to do O When Parker’s in the middle of killing somebody you’d think he’d be too busy to take a phone call about a potential job but a man’s gotta eatThe score is a bunch of valuable paintings that a rich d bag had stolen for himself and are now hidden away in a remote hunting lodge he owns However security is very high due to a previous botched robbery attempt there’s a very tight clock on when this has to get done and one of the crew is a high strung computer nerd fresh out of prison Parker also needs to track down whoever sent a hit man after him so there’s no shortage of complications to this oneThis series started in the ‘60s and I think it works best as retro old school crime stories However Richard Stark aka Donald Westlake came up with some good modern variations on his usual stories when he brought Parker back in the ‘90s Here the rich guy made his money as part of the dot com boom back when those guys were just wealthy assholes rather than evil billionaires bent on destroying democracy andor the working class Ah the good old daysSo between that and all the Internet and communication angles to the heist you can tell that Stark was figuring out a way to make Parker still viable in the digital age And it works They may be using computers to help pull of this heist but somebody still has to go in and get the stuff which also means having a tough guy who can think on his feetI also liked the angle to the hit man story and the brutally efficient way that Parker backtracks the guy to the people who have an old grudge against him There’s a lot going on in this one but Stark makes it all fit together and hum along right along to its conclusion

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S basement The other was to find out why a hit man had come to his home and who had sent him Pa With the very first line of Firebreak I had to laugh though there is nothing funny about Richard Stark’s Parker books If you want that read the misadventures of John Dortmunder written under the author’s real name of Donald E Westlake But that opening sentence “When the phone rang Parker was in the garage killing a man” It tells you everything you need to know about Parker The rest are details Like that he’s a professional thief; professional meaning that it is how he makes his living and the attitude with which he goes about his work An attitude that carries with it some hard and near unbreakable rules A major one is because it brings heat from the police you avoid killing whenever possible That Parker usually leaves a long line of bodies in his wake it tells you everything you need to know about the seriesIt’s about the complications It may well be possible to write a story where the planning and execution of a robbery plays out perfectly it probably has been done but that does not a series make When the setup andor completion of a job encounters what seems to be unending interference and obstacles that’s when Parker is at his most ruthlessly efficient Everything that does not pertain to success is expendable And everyone And that’s what we paid to seeThe man being killed in the garage was a hit man sent to kill Parker The phone call concerns liberating some priceless but illegal paintings from their current owner Initially Parker has to trace and eliminate the source of the first so he is free to concentrate on the second More complications ensueAs they had toAs Parker backtracks the trail of the assassin; as we meet and learn the lives of his current colleagues and what complications their personal situations bring to the euation; and of course how far Parker will have to go to clear each obstruction Otherwise what’s the point? Westlake had always meant these books to be uick clean reads and despite all the bodies light entertainment Since there are no deeper meanings or serious introspection to be found individual success depends on each set of complications Are they interesting? And is Parker’s response as they begin to pile up eually engaging? It’s not always the case Firebreak is an example of when it is uick clean entertainment

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FirebreakNe was to rob a remote Montana lodge where a dot com billionaire hid stolen art treasures in hi The first line sort of catches your attention When the phone rang Parker was in the garage killing a manThis is an opening that the Parker reader hopes will return him to his harder tougher self and StarkWestlake to his earlier leaner approach but it is not to be One feature of this novel #20 in the Parker series is that Parker has to deal with two situations simultaneously The first connected to the above killing is his dealing with guys Paul and Max from The Sour Lemon Score Book 12 trying to kill him regarding a past heist and the second scene takes Parker to a Montana hunting lodge where a dot com millionaire hides stolen paintingsThe first story is satisfying than the secondThe novel is solid better than most mysteries but for a Parker book it is really just average It again has Stark taking too long to get to the heist compared to his earliest books Parker in those books such as Butcher’s Moon or The Hunter have never joked around with a computer nerd Larry Lloyd as he does when Lloyd messes up In earlier books such as Butcher’s Moon he simply would have shot the guy and saved us fifty pages The nods to the internet the need to break through electronic protections vs just breaking a window to the focus on the dotcom instant rich slimeballs eh I’ll take a seventies Parker any time But 3 stars for me still means it is a good story Stark is one of the best