- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226771016
- ISBN-13: 978-0226771014
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Outfit: A Parker Novel Paperback – Sep 1 2008
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“Whatever Stark writes, I read. He’s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.”
“Richard Stark’s Parker novels . . . are among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, of any time.”
“Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity—a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call romans noirs.”
“Parker is a true treasure. . . . The master thief is back, along with Richard Stark.”
“Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.”
“Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”
“If you’re looking for crime novels with a lot of punch, try the very, very tough novels featuring Parker. . . . The Hunter, The Outfit, The Mourner, and The Man with the Getaway Face are all beautifully paced, tautly composed, and originally published in the early 1960s."
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When the hit fails, as of course it must, Parker sets in place a devious plan to hurt the Outfit just as he promised. What follows is a highly entertaining string of crimes around the country, striking blow after blow on behalf of our anti-hero, Parker.
If you're simply after a flat out entertaining book of action sequences that aren't cluttered up with pesky character development, then this is the book for you. As a matter of fact, the entire Parker series is for you. Parker remains the true dispassionate enigma. Sure he's heartless, cruel and vindictive but you've just gotta love the rascal.
This leads to a pretty thin plot about Parker calling on all his professional buddies to put a hurt on the Outfit by ignoring an unwritten rule and knocking over Outfit rackets.
The writing is tight, as you'd expect, but a bit dated (originally published in 1963)and doesn't cover any new ground. Still, its enjoyable and worth a quick read (its only 215 pages or so). Bottom line: Don't expect to be spellbound, but you'll enjoy the experience.
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