Comeback by Richard Stark

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After the bloodbath of Butcher's Moon, the action-filled blowout Parker adventure, Donald Westlake said, "Richard Stark proved to me that he had a life of his own by simply disappearing. He was gone." And for nearly twenty-five years, he stayed away, while readers waited.

But nothing bad is truly gone forever, and Parker’s as bad as they come. According to Westlake, one day in 1997, "suddenly, he came back from the dead, with a chalky prison pallor"--and the resulting novel, Comeback, showed that neither Stark nor Parker had lost a single step. Knocking over a highly lucrative religious revival show, Parker reminds us that not all criminals don ski masks--some prefer to hide behind the wings of fallen angels.


About Richard Stark

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Donald E. Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hardboiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists. Using the same nom de plume, Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker. While he shares events and characters with several Parker novels, Grofield is less calculating and more hot-blooded than Parker; think fewer guns, more dames.            Not that there isn’t violence and adventure aplenty. The Damsel begins directly after the Parker novel The Handle. Following a wounded Grofield and his gal on a scenic, action-packed road trip from Mexico City to Acapulco, The Damsel is full of wit, adrenaline, and political intrigue.             With a new foreword by Sarah Weinman that situates the Grofield series within Westlake’s work as a whole, this novel is an exciting addition to any crime fiction fan’s library.
Published April 15, 2011 by University of Chicago Press. 307 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Crime. Fiction

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Parker and his longtime lady friend, Claire, are enjoying their New Jersey lakeside home, Parker ""being someone whose work let him stay at home for periods of time and then took him away sometimes."" That cool understatement crystallizes Stark's style: Parker's ""work,"" of course, consists of b...

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Maybe, Carmody suggests, he can help someone steal some of the money and they would then split it, with the criminals getting some money and Carmody using his share to help the homeless or some other good cause.

Mar 31 2006 | Read Full Review of Comeback

As has been well-publicized, Stark never wanted a movie series and forbid the character from being named Parker, hence the changes, with only Jason Statham brandishing the moniker in the eponymous Parker (2013), released after Stark's death.

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