From the Publisher
The frighteningly prolific mystery writer Donald E. Westlake, a.k.a. Richard Stark, ended his legendary series of books about a career criminal known only as Parker with 1974''s Butcher''s Moon. He cited too much competition from copycats in print, on film, and on television. Persuaded by fans and family, Westlake has resurrected Parker with a welcome burst of energy and imagination. The felon and his long-time lady friend Claire are enjoying the quiet life in their New Jersey lakeside home when Parker''s invited to become part of a plan to remove a large sum of cash from a glossy TV-preacher named William Archibald. It''s a heist that goes wrong from the start and turns into a tense, chaotic ballet of betrayal and death. One of Parker''s partners is a weak babbler, another a cold traitor. Archibald''s security chief is a tenacious pursuer, intent on retrieving his employer''s money. Along the way, we learn how to hide crooks, cars, and cash in a small city with an efficient police force; how to escape from a variety of traps and sealed rooms; and most of all how Parker has managed to stay alive--in readers'' minds as well as in the brain of his creator--for all these years.