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Deadly Edge: A Parker Novel Paperback – 1 September 2010
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Deadly Edge bids a brutal adieu to the 1960s as Parker robs a rock concert, and the heist goes south. Soon Parker finds himself―and his woman, Claire―menaced by a pair of sadistic, drug-crazed hippies. Parker has a score to settle while Claire’s armed with her first rifle―and they’re both ready to usher in the end of the Age of Aquarius.
“Richard Stark’s Parker novels . . . are among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, of any time.” ― John Banville, Bookforum
“The Parkers read with the speed of pulp while unfolding with an almost Nabovokian wit and flair.” ― Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times
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- ASIN : 0226770915
- Publisher : *University of Chicago Press; 1st edition (1 September 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780226770918
- ISBN-13 : 978-0226770918
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.78 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 146,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Parker and Claire made decisions that were illogical and it helped to skim through the last part of the book.
There seems to be an absence of law, and the authorities never get involved in the crime as the victims get even with the perpetrators. Criminals take matters into their own hands. Rip off the wrong people and you find yourself in Parker’s dark world of revenge. Parker has no time to “play house” with Claire, his woman, but he will need to make time to save her life in the end.
I found “Deadly Edge” to be suspenseful, and the two killers pursuing Parker’s heist crew (Jessup and Manny), were Charlie Manson-style sadistic killers. The structure is broken into 4 Parts. Good dialogue without much small talk or joking around. The novel plays cat and mouse with the reader, is unpredictable, and still offers a fresh take on the heist genre, even though it was written back in 1971.
Bottom line: When it comes to mastering the heist novel or genre, Richard Stark, aka Donald E. Westlake, is the undisputed king. The first Parker book I ever read was “Nobody Runs Forever” and that stuck with me, so I promised myself that someday I was going to read the whole Parker series, which I’m doing now.
The Parker series is worth getting hooked on.
I also liked Charles Ardai’s Foreword, and he has done a great job with Hard Case Crime books. My only minor complaint is a design issue. Big indents.
Now the negatives: These stories average about $9.99, and I expect that some editing must have been done to warrant so high a price for what are rather short novels. There are egregious editing errors in every book in the series, some with only a few, most noticeably the first four books in the series. The rest have over a dozen spelling and grammar errors that were no doubt due to the OCR scanning process on the original books/manuscripts. The software just can't identify certain words and doesn't always fix hyphenated words back to whole words. Having the choice all over again, I would look for the paper backs and read those. The books just aren't worth the $9.99 average price.
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