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- File Size: 887 KB
- Print Length: 198 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press (15 September 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ELAHD6
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Plunder Squad: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels Book 15) Kindle Edition
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Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.'-- "Stephen King"
Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.-- "Elmore Leonard" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Richard Stark (1933-2008), wrote dozens of novels under his own name and a rainbow of other pseudonyms. Many of his books have been adapted for film, most notably The Hunter, which became the 1967 noir Point Blank and the 1999 smash Payback.
Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award-winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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Parker gets involved in three increasingly complex art heists, each one with the typical parabola. The first two fail to come off because Parker is too smart to get involved in shaky plans with unreliable people. The third caper, the hijacking of a truckload of modern paintings under the noses (literally) of Illinois State Police, is intricately planned, but anyone familiar with the great Robert Burns poem on the theme of best laid plans can predict in general what happens. I won't spoil things more than that. The denouement and the action leading up to it are quite good.
Thrown into the mix of this short, but action and plot packed book is Parker's attempt to track down a guy he needs to kill and should have killed years and books earlier. Both story lines are very well written, with vivid scene descriptions and some really excellent character depictions. Parker comes in contact with well drawn and varied characters, both his confederates in the third heist, as well as some of the side characters in the revenge meme.
There is more psychological depth here than in some of the other Parker tomes. The concluding pages of the revenge subplot are striking in that regard. Additionally, for once Parker is not dealing with an anonymous "city" somewhere--nowhere--in the USA. Anyone who has spent any time in Indianapolis will see that Stark/Westlake has done his research and actually has a feel for what Indy looks like. Similar good writing depicts lower Manhattan in the final pages.
Stark really upped his game in this book. Very enjoyable
Interesting the way Parker has no normal social interaction with others. A married woman knocks on Parker's motel door, hoping to get something going with Parker. He won't even answer the door. And then he packs and leaves the job. He won't be part of a group that includes a woman like her.
The ending action scene was good - how he got out of a bad situation where he was outnumbered. There were two other good scenes where Parker reacted to someone trying to kill him.
This is book 15 in the 24 book series. These stories are about bad guys. They rob. They kill. They're smart. Most don't go to jail. Parker is the main bad guy, a brilliant strategist. He partners with different guys for different jobs in each book.
If you are new to the series, I suggest reading the first three and then choose among the rest. A few should be read in order since characters continue in a sequel fashion. Those are listed below (with my star ratings). The rest can be read as stand alones.
The first three books in order:
4 stars. The Hunter (Point Blank movie with Lee Marvin 1967) (Payback movie with Mel Gibson)
3 ½ stars. The Man with the Getaway Face (The Steel Hit)
4 stars. The Outfit.
Read these two in order:
5 stars. Slayground (Bk #14)
5 stars. Butcher's Moon (Bk #16)
Read these four in order:
4 ½ stars. The Sour Lemon Score (Bk #12)
2 ½ stars. Firebreak (Bk #20)
(not read) Nobody Runs Forever (Bk #22)
2 ½ stars. Dirty Money (Bk #24)
Others that I gave 4 or more stars to:
The Jugger (Bk #6), The Seventh (Bk#7), The Handle (Bk #8), Deadly Edge (Bk#13), Flashfire (Bk#19)
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Kindle count length: 2,812 (283 KB) 198 pages. Swearing language: moderate including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: two referred to with no details. Setting: around 1972 various U.S. locations. Book copyright: 1972. Genre: noir crime fiction.
Plunder Squad tells the story of three attempted thefts and one tale of an effort to eliminate an enemy. The story begins with Parker dodging a bullet from an enemy, and ends with him trying to survive a different attack. Parker, known for usually having something go wrong, comments "I'm running a string of bad luck."
Parker has rules that guide whether he will participate in a crime. The first theft attempt violates his rule against including unstable team members. The second idea violates his rule against including a woman who might become involved in a love triangle. The third scheme Parker accepts only after he fixes problems he sees in the set up. Is Parker getting Desperate?
Richard Stark fills the pages of this novel with continual action, re-occurring danger, steady suspense and frequent plot twists. The story is so intriguing that I couldn't put it down. Parker's plan for robbing the art collection is dangerous, and complex but believable. The execution of the art theft is impressive and flawless.
I recommend this story for mystery lovers.
Most entertaining! The character of Parker is very vivid.
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.
Much like the book "The Score" this one has a large crew, and I loved it, especially due to the almost non-existant OCR scanning errors.