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The Man with the Getaway Face: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels) (edição 2008)

por Richard Stark (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:The Man with the Getaway Face: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels)
Autores:Richard Stark (Autor)
Informação:University of Chicago Press (2008), Edition: Reprint, 216 pages
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Very gritty. The writing is direct, gripping and relentless. ( )
  grandpahobo | Aug 12, 2021 |
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 |
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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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