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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (Nov. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446678252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446678254
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 245 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. A KENNEDY on March 15 2004
Format: Paperback
That's all I have to say about it.....It was a fun read. Make it a beach or picnic book.
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Format: Paperback
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. This usually includes a set up of a robbery then problems develop. The fun is to see how Parker solves the problems and keeps out of jail.
BREAKOUT is a bit of a departure from this formula in that Parker is arrested and jailed in the first chapter. He must try to figure out a way out of, not only jail, but out of town. He is paired with the usual miscreants in which it is difficult to determine who is trustworthy.
The book is, as usual, relatively brief, yet always compelling. It can be read in one lengthy sitting. Parker is a cold-blooded thief and killer, yet, Stark breathes such life into him that the reader cannot fail to root for his success. A truly fun read.
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Format: Hardcover
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 Stark
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Format: Hardcover
At Stoneveldt Detention Center, Parker - who is the good bad guy of this book - collects buddies to breaK out. Primarily, there is Ed Markey, whose girl friend Brenda helps from the outside. There is Brando Williams, a person of color. And so on. After a cold-blooded murder, they manage to break out.
The scene now shifts to the plan of breaking into a jewelry wholesale store, located in a super solid armory. The way in is through an old abandoned tunnel nobody knows about except the bad guys. The center of the tunnel had partially collapsed, though, and they have to dig their way through. They get to the jewelry store and load up on the expensive stuff. On the way back, the tunnel collapses on some of the bad guys . One must assume they got killed, but no time or verbiage is lost on that. Because the advance was so narrow, they left behind the sacks of loot. and backed out of the tunnel. They left behind all the jewelry. Why?? It takes another 100 pages or so to get them out of the armory and the mess as such.
The action taking place in the mid-west, it is interesting to speculate why Williams is so afraid of his white companions. This item is played over and over again. And there is the owner of a dance school, where Brenda signs up - and the owner immediately knows that all her ID papers were forged. How did she manage that?
I can understand some modicum of sympathy with a thief who gets away with it. But certainly not with a cold-blooded murder who does not even check if his friends are still alive. But that is one of the reasons why this is not a great book. The characters are one-dimensional and do not invite the reader to take sides. It has some nice ideas, but the execution is rather pedestrian, if not to say sloppy.
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Format: Hardcover
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; then they spend a bunch of pages trying to break into an old armory that was converted into a jewelry distributor; then they spend a bunch of pages trying to break OUT of said facility after their original route of entry caves in; then they spend a bunch of pages planning to break out an ally associated with the jewelry heist from a police station where she's being held for questioning. In other words, you want breakouts? We'll give ya breakouts-- and even thrown in an extra break IN at no extra charge. And though it all might sound a bit silly here, it's all done with deadly seriousness, resulting in another tense and involving Parker thriller. Pick it up.
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By sweetmolly on Dec 30 2002
Format: Hardcover
It goes without saying that a Richard Stark "Parker" story is read at one sitting. Fortunately for the reader (or the sittee, if you will), the books are rarely longer than 300 pages. It's manageable. The writing is as spare and smooth as fine leather holster and concise as a Hemingway vignette.
Parker gets nailed in a pharmaceutical robbery gone south. He is detained by the law in a fortress like detention center situated in the flatlands. This is desperate times for Parker who has escaped from a prison in the distant past and killed a guard in the process. He must escape and does in most ingenious manner. He is coerced (against his better judgment) into a jewelry heist that involves tunneling into an impregnable armory. It is all in the finely engineered details that enchant us. How they get in. More important, how they get out. It isn't Parker's lucky day. He has to get another confederate out of jail. Surprising to me, Parker and crew take some hostages. (I'm surprised because I think of Parker as a "take no prisoners" type.) By this time, Parker has been trapped so many times through no fault of his own, all he wants is to get back to Jersey in one piece. Will he make it? Of course he will.
People always wonder why they have this fondness for Parker, a cold-blooded outlaw with no remorse and no friends, only "associates." For me it's easy. I feel safe with Parker. Wherever he goes, he has to take me, the reader, and he will think for both of us. "Breakout" is fine vintage Parker and even goes a tad beyond his usual high standards.
-sweetmolly-Amazon Reviewer
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