Backflash

by Richard Stark

Grand Central Publishing | October 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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A large part of the pleasure of having Richard Stark back writing aboutthe master criminal Parker is the obvious delight that Stark (a pen name forDonald Westlake) takes in doing the research for his capers. This one must have been a blast. Certainly, he must have spent time on board a cruise ship to get all the inside details for Parker''s planned robbery of a fictional floating casino called the Spirit of the Hudson--details such as how to get the cash off (inside a wheelchair''s converted potty seat) or how to make use of a hard-shelled female publicist.Then there must have been a tour of old towns along the Hudson, to come up with this letter-perfect description of a seedy saloon: "It was called the Lido, but it shouldn''t have been. It was an old bar, a gray wood cube cut deep into the ground floor of a narrow 19th Century brick house, and at two on a sunny afternoon in April it was dark and dry, smelling of old whiskey and dead wood.... At the bar, muttering together about sports and politics--other people''s victories and defeats--were nine or ten shabbily dressed guys who were older than their teeth."After Comeback (Parker''s triumphant return to action after a 20-year hiatus), readers know that all the best planning in the world can''t account for fate or human weakness. This time, a weirdly motivated retired civil servant, an out-of-control smalltown cop, and some greedy bikers stand in the way of Parker and Co.''s successful removal of $400,000 from the gambling boat. Stark is too gifted an artist to make their intervention trivial, and also too talented an entertainer to leave his old and new Parker fans unsatisfied with the outcome. --Dick Adler

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.1 × 5.1 × 0.81 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446675261

ISBN - 13: 9780446675260

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Backflash

by Richard Stark

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.1 × 5.1 × 0.81 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446675261

ISBN - 13: 9780446675260

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A large part of the pleasure of having Richard Stark back writing aboutthe master criminal Parker is the obvious delight that Stark (a pen name forDonald Westlake) takes in doing the research for his capers. This one must have been a blast. Certainly, he must have spent time on board a cruise ship to get all the inside details for Parker''s planned robbery of a fictional floating casino called the Spirit of the Hudson--details such as how to get the cash off (inside a wheelchair''s converted potty seat) or how to make use of a hard-shelled female publicist.Then there must have been a tour of old towns along the Hudson, to come up with this letter-perfect description of a seedy saloon: "It was called the Lido, but it shouldn''t have been. It was an old bar, a gray wood cube cut deep into the ground floor of a narrow 19th Century brick house, and at two on a sunny afternoon in April it was dark and dry, smelling of old whiskey and dead wood.... At the bar, muttering together about sports and politics--other people''s victories and defeats--were nine or ten shabbily dressed guys who were older than their teeth."After Comeback (Parker''s triumphant return to action after a 20-year hiatus), readers know that all the best planning in the world can''t account for fate or human weakness. This time, a weirdly motivated retired civil servant, an out-of-control smalltown cop, and some greedy bikers stand in the way of Parker and Co.''s successful removal of $400,000 from the gambling boat. Stark is too gifted an artist to make their intervention trivial, and also too talented an entertainer to leave his old and new Parker fans unsatisfied with the outcome. --Dick Adler

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Richard Stark, otherwise known as Donald E. Westlake, offers clever, edge-of-your-seat suspense. Parker boards a riverboat gambling casino, disguised as a visiting politician. It seems like a good idea until this once-in-a-lifetime heist proves to be a dangerously bad bet. Parker can't trust anyone: not the guy who first gave him the tip or the guys waiting on shore. The loot is in the bag, but how will Parker make his getaway when someone is after his money, and his life in Backflash? 

Appropriate for ages: 13

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