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Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hard-boiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose, Stark is a master of crime writing. His books are as influential as any in the genre. Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet: an armored car in New Jersey, stuffed with cash.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 13) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I liked this book much better than the first one: in retrospect, I am not sure why I gave The Hunter 4 stars. Anyway, I digress. Book #2 opens with Parker having had plastic surgery to escape the clutches of the Outfit. He immediately is contacted about a armored car robbery, and heads off to New Jersey. After his due diligence, he approves the plan, but worries about one of the partners. Meanwhile, the plastic surgeon is killed and his aide de camp comes looking for Parker, not realizing Parker was such a bad ass. After he escapes, the guy goes off looking for another patient, satisfied with Parker's alibi, and Parker intervenes because of the threat of being out'ed. Liking the series better. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Parker and the Plastic Surgery
Review of the Blackstone Audio Inc. audiobook edition (2010) of the Pocket Books paperback (1963)

Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of the prolific crime author Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008), who wrote over 100 books. The Stark pseudonym was used primarily for the Parker novels, an antihero criminal who is usually betrayed in some manner and who spends each book getting revenge.

The Man with the Getaway Face carries on immediately from the first book in the series The Hunter, with Parker requiring plastic surgery so that he can no longer be traced by The Outfit, the nationwide criminal organization that he had attacked previously. The need for new funds leads him into another heist where the partners plan to betray each other. Things become complicated when an associate of the plastic surgeon shows up seeking revenge for a killing of the doctor by an unknown previous client. Parker has to juggle all these twists and prevent his new identity from becoming known to the Outfit.

I had never previously read the Stark/Parker novels but became curious when they came up in my recent reading of The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives (Sept. 2020) by Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager. Here is a (perhaps surprising) excerpt from their discussion with Amor Towles:Nancy: Do you read Lee Child?
Amor: I know Lee. I had never read his books until I met him, but now I read them whenever they come out. I think some of the decisions he makes are ingenious.
Jeff: Have you read the Parker books by Donald Westlake [writing as Richard Stark]?
Amor: I think the Parker books are an extraordinary series.
Jeff: They feel like a big influence on Reacher, right down to the name. Both Reacher and Parker have a singular focus on the task in front of them.
Amor: But Parker is amoral. Reacher is just dangerous.
Jeff: Right. Reacher doesn't have a conventional morality, but he has his own morality. Parker will do anything he has to do to achieve his goal.
Amor: But to your point, Westlake's staccato style with its great twists at the end the end of the paragraphs, and his mesmerizing central character - these attributes are clearly shared by the Reacher books.

The 24 Parker books are almost all available for free on Audible Plus, except for #21 & #22 which aren't available at all.

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There is a brief plot summary of The Man with the Getaway Face and of all the Parker books and adaptations at The Violent World of Parker website. ( )
  alanteder | Jun 11, 2021 |
Cross and double cross
who wouldn't be suspicious?
broads can't be trusted. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Reading this is what I imagine people who like math feel as they solve problems--there's a problem, Parker figures out how to solve it, and he does. He has no wit, sense of humor, passions, inner life, or thoughts about things other than The Problem at Hand. He doesn't feel relief, pride, or anything that would suggest why he makes his living by being a thief. He's a fascinating, amoral, near-cyborg. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
Donald Westlake, under his alter ego, Richard Stark has penned 24 Parker novels, beginning with 1962's the Hunter, continuing with The Man With The Getaway Face (1963), The Outfit (1963), The Mourner (1963), and up until 2008's Dirty Money. Parker is a thief, pure and simple, but he is not a gentleman burglar. He is not a frustrated ordinary man on the run from the law. Rather, he is a ruthless thug, who has little warmth for anyone and simply wants to get the job done. It is not necessary to read the Parker novels in order, although it helps to understand some of the context.

In the first novel, Parker was robbed by his wife and partner, shot, and left for dead. They didn't count on his survival ability and he came back after them with a vengeance. His money that Mal had stolen from him had been paid to the Outfit (also known as the Syndicate) because Mal had owed a significant debt. Although the Outfit has a staff numbering in the hundreds (like the post office) and they are coast to coast, Parker is not deterred and is determined to get his money. No amount of tough guys seems able to stand in his way, although he leaves behind some enemies who, one of these days, mean to take him out- if they can.

At the end of the first book (the Hunter), Parker metaphorically rides off into the sunset, knowing that a lot of people have their eyes out for him. As the second book ("The Man With the Getaway Face") begins, Parker has gone to Nebraska because he heard of a doctor who could change people's faces. Remember, this is a 1963 novel when plastic surgery was such an amazing concept that it was assumed you could become completely unrecognizable after such surgery. On leaving the doctor's office, Parker is warned by Stubbs (the shofar, etc for the doctor) that his secret is safe, but he better not think about coming after the doctor or the entire world will learn about his new identity. Let's call this foreshadowing because it becomes hugely significant later in the story. Most of the Man with the Getaway Face is consumed with Parker's efforts to pull of a heist of an armored car. He is not entirely sure of the loyalty of his accomplices and has some doubts if this heist is going sour. Some of the doubts are about his accomplices, particularly Alma, but the real bugaboo is when Stubbs shows up, saying that the doctor is dead and Parker is one of only three suspects and Stubbs may not be a lot of things, but he is going to avenge the doctor.

Parker is the same tough, no-nonsense hombre from the first book, but the pace and the level of violence is not quite as frenetic in this volume. It's a good, tight plot that just hums along without a break. Parker here is not a barbarian back from the dead hell-bent for revenge. Nah, he just wants this armored car robbery to go off without a hitch. Parker's not cruel. He just wants to get the job done.
The story here feels a bit minor compared to the great ball busting burst of energy that was the first book, but a good solid crime caper story.
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  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 13) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Stark’s novels are not only entertaining for what they are—midcentury noirs—but they are also better than a lot of what was coming out back then.
 

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Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hard-boiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose, Stark is a master of crime writing. His books are as influential as any in the genre. Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet: an armored car in New Jersey, stuffed with cash.

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