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Dirty Money Hardcover – 8 Jan 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847247113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847247117
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,248,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parker is probably the genre's most captivating anti-hero.he's showing little signs of ageing and neither is Stark's prose - it's as lean, hungry and tightly plotted as ever.superior entertainment - Daily Mirror (Daily Mirror)

Fast, laconic, brutal stuff and, sadly, probably the last in the series' Uncut magazine. (Uncut magazine)

Stark is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century - John Banville (John Banville)

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Master-thief Parker has unfinished business to conclude. Two million dollars are up for grabs but collecting them means returning to the scene of a heist turned sour.
Just a week ago, Parker and his gang made off with the contents of a country bank, stirring up a hornet's nest of law-enforcement. Trapped on foot and much too near the crime scene, Parker was forced to stash the loot in the choir loft of an abandoned country church.
Regardless of the still-present roadblocks and wanted posters, Parker knows he needs to recover the spoils before his murderous ex-confederates do. Of course, the cops are looking for the money, too. As are some New York thugs who've sniffed out what Parker is up to. And there's a resourceful female bounty hunter with her eye on a cut too.
Remorseless as ever, Parker will do whatever it takes to redeem his prize, no matter who gets hurt in the process - his new getaway van may have "Holy Redeemer Choir" emblazoned on its doors, but Parker's no choirboy...

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Format: Hardcover
As mean and merciless as ever, Parker commits a run-of-the-mill robbery because he needs some cash to tide him over until he can recover the much bigger haul of marked greenbacks he and his current accomplices had to hide away whilst escaping from last week's heist. It's a Richard Stark roller-coaster, no holds barred, no prose wasted, cut to the quick and we're off again with one of fiction's most amoral and, dare I say it, enjoyable characters.

Nobody moves more quickly through a novel than Stark; you have only just started reading and next minute you are ejected out the rear end like space-station rubbish. Where did that time go? Well, while you were in there, trying to keep up with Parker, you had a co-heister caught and lost by the police, a new woman arrived, she is a private detective, by the way, who wants Parker to locate for her the dead body from a previous escapade so that she can claim the bounty, she is telling, yes telling Parker that she is now the beneficiary of the said co-heister's share and there's nothing Parker can do about it because she has some mighty incriminating evidence that might just fall into the hands of the police if Parker does the wrong thing.......whoa, slow down, I need to catch my breath.......no time, we have to check the money is where we left it, find a way of getting to it now that the police are crawling all over the area and just waiting for any sign of the robbers returning to collect their prize and........enough.

If you like Parker, you'll love this.
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Like all the Richard Stark Parker series, excellently plotted and written. Some readers may be offended that Parker, cold-blooded robber, ready to kill when necessary, able to recover seamlessly from unexpected setbacks, gets away with it. Some may wonder whether his girlfriend Claire is a remotely credible character. But for me, personally, it is so well done that none of that matters. I am amazed that Stark can also write as Westlake, whose characters, while still criminal, are written so humorously that they seem to inhabit a different world from Parker.How can one person manage two such different feelings when recounting fairly similar plots? I am awestruck.
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Format: Paperback
Stark's anti-hero Parker is in fine form as usual. No-one does hard-boiled like Stark!

A previous reviewer criticised this book by saying that in the past, Parker would never allow himself to be blackmailed by a female bounty hunter, but would have simply killed her and moved on. That reader obviously failed to grasp the point that she had a dossier on Parker and his current crew which was held by a third party to be released to the law if anything happened to her.

Crisply plotted, with taut dialogue and great action, this is a welcome addition to the Parker legend. Long may he reign in the dark world he inhabits!

Jim Beatson
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Came to the Parker character through the gorgeous Darwyn Cooke IDW adaptations and bought the cheapest, highest rated book. I later find out this is towards the end but I don't think it looses anything for it. Tense is the word.
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This is the first Parker novel that I have read and therefore I'm not surprised that I'm not as enthusiastic as some. Laconic writing style which is all on the story and little on the characters. To me Parker is neither hero nor anti-hero and with the little characterisation is this book I find it difficult to care. Maybe this is in earlier books. Much the same goes for the other characters. Parker has a girl friend or mistress or moll who appears to be decent and honest but not a hint of why she would help Parker to the extent of risking severe jail term or worse (as an accomplice to murder or violent robbery). For no tangible return. For true love? However it is a taut story, well told, not overlong and enjoyable to read - but it is a time filler rather than making you think, and none the worse for that.
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