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Parker [Kindle Edition]

Richard Stark
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'Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro' Elmore Leonard.

'Well-written, exciting and hugely entertaining' The Times.

'Parker is some mean machine ... You will love him' Scotsman.

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The book that inspired the major new film, starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez.

Parker is a thief with a unique code of ethics: Don't steal from people who can't afford it and don't hurt people who don't deserve it.

When he is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead, Parker is set on revenge. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist, and put right what they took from him.

Please note that this novel was previously published as Flashfire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Film tie-in edition (28 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B83PMQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars spare, brilliant writing 13 May 2014
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What a splendid hero Parker is, or is he an anti-hero? Does it matter? He doesn't lose his temper or lash out when things go wrong, just lays another plan in seconds and optimises the situation. Definitely a role model. And someone to be avoided unless you want to end up dead or lumbered with big bucks that you can't touch for years, and have to trust the anti-hero to enable you to use the bucks eventually. Parker is unencumbered with an inner life, so refreshing.
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A character with whom I find it impossible to identify in any way. As a crime story it has a fair amount of pace, technically accurate, I suppose and it might be a gripping film. But there is no depth of characterisation and Parker shows nothing apart from mercenary violence. What is quite odd is that the sums of money for which he is prepared to kill, and for which he risks death, are small to the point of insignificance in modern terms. He would do much better financially running a postal scam or a crooked estate agency!
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4.0 out of 5 stars like you daily coffee 23 Dec 2013
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You can not do with out a good cup and a Parker novel, to set you up for the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 7 Oct 2013
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Richard Stark has written another 20 something 'Parker' books. Should see the Winter out and into Spring on my Kindle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta chime in- for Parker fans only? 30 Aug 2013
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This is the third Parker "comeback" novel (Comeback, Backflash, Flashfire, Firebreak) and 17th overall. It may not be the best introduction to Parker. By this point in the series Westlake (or Stark) was clearly having fun doing everything backwards, or with a maestro's hand, and that is why I compare late Parker to late Beethoven. This book is PROFOUND.
Consider the way the book starts: a gang wants Parker in on a big heist, and when he says no thanks they "rob" him of his share in the job they just pulled, which to them is a loan; to Parker, it's a double cross. At least twice before, in The Sour Lemon Score: A Parker Novel and in Plunder Squad: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels), Stark did novels where our "sympathies" are with Parker because the crooks who double-cross him are much more evil. Here, the gang is arguably nicer, and that is a twist.
What next? Well, in Backflash, the heist itself was unusually long, three-quarters of the book. So, what we get in Flashfire is four heists in all by the end of part one. I won't call it "literally breathtaking," but it is pretty exhilarating. There are all sorts of twists and turns
I don't think we are supposed to sympathize with Parker. We can admire his toughness and resourcefulness, but he is a stone killer. It is Leslie, another amazing twist on the usual pulp heroinne, with whom we sympathize.
I eventually saw the movie on DVD, and it may have been above average for a Jason Stratham vehicle, but they changed too much (compromised?) from a perfect book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read prior to seeing the movie "Parker" staring Jason Statham 9 Mar 2013
By seattle dude - Published on
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I normally read book series in the order in which they were written and am doing this for the Parker series, but I made an exception for "Flashfire"; ("Parker" staring Jason Statham)because I intend to see the movie. I won't say anything about the plot line except that Parker is an master thief anti-hero who does not belive in killing for the sake of it but don't try to double cross him. His heists are always well thought out but something always seeems to go wrong. How he gets out of tight spots and if he gets away with the loot, or not, makes all the Parker books a good read. The Parker books, which start with "The Hunter" are stand alone but they occasionally do reference events in the past (books) so if you have never read any of this series I recommend starting with "The Hunter" . Counting this book I have read 10 of the 24 Parker series books in the order written. "Richard Stark" is only one name under which Donald Westlake has written many books.
5.0 out of 5 stars flash fire 12 Dec 2013
By Stephen P Smith - Published on
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One of the best Parker capers, all action, multiple schemes, with the usual crisp writing and dialog. Fun. Fun. Fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars Parker 15 Aug 2013
By Joseph - Published on
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As above was action packed as good if not better than the movie. This book is recommended to all those that love a good action packed page turner in my case a page tapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ! 11 May 2013
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All of the below, it came promptly - I love the book -- so sad to finish it - I didn't want it to end.
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