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Comeback (Parker 18)

Comeback (Parker 18) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Stark
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Richard Stark is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century...his Parker books form a genre all their own - John Banville

Whatever Stark writes, I read - Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard

Whatever Stark writes, I read

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0226770583
  • Publisher: Quercus (15 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VOLX1S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars glad stark is back 31 Jan 1998
By A Customer
I have raved before about the quality of stories produced by master crime writer Donald Westlake. And now Westlake's alter ego, Richard Stark, is back, which is cause for much celebration. Westlake is great because he writes concisely and sharply, with plenty of surprises in his plots. But best of all, he's funny. Stark is a meaner guy. Characters in Stark's books have a tougher attitude and there is little, if any, humor. But the books work because, by taking away the necessity to keep it light, the reader can better enjoy the grim realities of the story. On the book jacket, crime novelist Ed McBain refers to Westlake and Stark as the "Jekyll and Hyde of crime fiction," adding, "and I can't for the life of me tell you which one I enjoy the most." Well, I can. I'll take Westlake over Stark any day - I could always use a good laugh - but Stark is still fun to read. In his new book, Stark brings back his character of Parker, a skilled criminal, for the first Parker novel in 23 years. As with most books by Westlake, the story seems simple at first: Parker is offered a chance to split the loot for a job with two other criminals. But then the inevitable double crosses occur. You see, these aren't exactly honest people Parker is dealing with. There is a television evangelist making millions by conning people into thinking he's genuine and caring. One of his assistants, Tom Carmody, meets an ex-convict through a social-work program in which the church works with paroled criminals. Carmody is frustrated - he's "got religion," as his boss, the evangelist, complains - and feels the evangelist isn't using his money to help people. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Backflash! 28 Oct 1998
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If you liked Backflash, than you'll love Comeback. Stark writes with determination. His to the point technique is truely refreshing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New to me but now I'm hooked 17 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Although I adore the crime/detective genre I must confess that I'd never even heard of Richard Stark (and hadn't read Westlake either). But now I'm hooked. To my mind the writing - sharp, clear, direct prose that I would die for - in "Comeback" is superb and I coundn't put the book down. The characters were equally as fascinating as some of the best in Elmore Leonard, who is one of my all time favorites favorites. I'll wait until "Backflash" comes out in paperback, but in the meantime I'm ordering some of the older books. Can't wait till they arrive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God He's Back!!! 14 Nov 1997
By A Customer
I just finished COMEBACK by Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark. It was a heist novel starring "Parker" , the thief from Stark's novels written in the 1970's. It was great to see Parker back in this updated adventure. I hope Westlake writes more of them. In this book, Parker and his crew rip off a TV Preacher during his stadium show. Doublecrosses, violence, and cat-and-mouse games ensue. Westlake never gives the name of the city that 99% of the action takes place, but he seems to be dropping many clues. Its not California, the Midwest, Memphis or Baltimore. Can anyone tell me the setting for this novel? My guess is Philadelphia, although I can't be certain. Anyway, go out and read this book. Make some noise about it, too, so Westlake writes some more. This wasn't the best Parker novel ever, but it was head and shoulders above most of the crime novels written today. Also, if you are intersted in seeing where Quentin Tarantino got many of his ideas, read other Parker novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Parker' stories are great entertainment. 31 Mar 2013
By Alan JB
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Worth 10 Stars, there is nothing to dislike. Of course I will be recommending it to everyone. The stories never disappoint.
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