Tired of do-gooder heroes saving the day? Meet Parker--just Parker to you, bub--a one-man wrecking crew, cunning, fearless, and more than just a little cold-blooded. Writing again under hard-boiled alter-ego Richard Stark, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald E. Westlake returns to the violent world of his legendary criminal creation with Breakout.
This time around Parker has picked certain members of his crew wrong and the job goes south right into the county lockup. Alone and isolated, the antihero finds himself without much wiggle room. But experienced Stark readers know, wiggling is what the slippery Parker does best. In Breakout, he wiggles himself out of jail and right into an even more dangerous situation involving an armory, a tunnel, and a jewelry wholesaler.
While there are rough spots here and there, Breakout is simply another fun-to-read Parker novel, taking readers again to the flip side where the bad guys win and the good guys are never as good as they should be. Call it a great escape because, with this Parker novel in particular, that's just what it is. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This fifth book about master criminal Parker since his welcome return from a 20-year hiatus is packed so tightly with the painstaking details of everything from the dank tedium of prison life to the architecture and construction of a Midwestern shopping complex that it comes as a shock to realize the volume isn't bigger than it is. Stark, the nom de crime adopted for this series by MWA Grand Master Donald Westlake, is an artist of compression, with the ability to create a complex, frightening character in very few words. Of an Asian lawyer visiting Parker in prison, he writes, "Li was amused, not by Parker in particular but by his own entire life; it made him easy to be around, but suggested there were circumstances when he might not be completely reliable." But Stark is also remarkable because he seems to know how everything works and can explain it without slowing down the story. Stuck in a fortress-like holding prison "on the outskirts of the only large city in this big empty midwestern state" after a robbery goes bad, Parker links up with two other prisoners in a totally logical way, then plans a breakout (the first of several in the book) so credible that we're swept up in its mechanics. But before he can return to his haven in rural New Jersey, Parker has to pay off the help he received by taking part in another robbery that falls apart in a different way that's just as exhilarating. Watching artists like Stark and Parker at work is a great pleasure, which an increasing audience will be delighted to share.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
That's all I have to say about it.....It was a fun read. Make it a beach or picnic book.Published on March 15 2004 by D. A KENNEDY
Parker, the antihero thief of Richard Stark (AKA Donald Westlake) is one of my favorite creations. The books are always written with one caper or problem to be solved. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Larry
Look forward to reading all of Starks novels after reading this one The impressions and swift moving plots put you write there in the action Thank god for writers like StarkPublished on June 14 2003 by Tom Ryasko
After an inconvenient arrest, master thief Parker and his felonious associates spend a bunch of pages trying to break out of a big holding facility where they're awaiting trial;... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003 by Joseph P. Menta, Jr.
The latest Parker book by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) is a series of breakouts and breakins. A bumbled robbery lands Parker in custody, but not for long. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002 by A. M. Sulkin
This is certainly one of the strongest entries in this fantastic series. Westlake/Stark is at the top of his form here. One of his most satisfying novels since Drowned Hopes.Published on Dec 17 2002 by Scott Bukatman
A great addition the series...Stark is back in full form.Published on Dec 17 2002 by Scott Rees Lloyd
Donald Westlake(aka Richard Stark) delivers the goods with another entry in the Parker series. Parker is like a human version of the Terminator. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2002 by "whitetrashmutant"