Firebreak by Richard Stark
(Parker Novels)

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When the telephone rang, Parker was out in the garage killing a man. Someone from his past had hired a soon-to-be-departed assassinand Parker wasnt one to give a guy a second chance. But where theres one cockroach, a whole nest isnt far behind. Now, with one eye over his shoulder, Parkers gotta keep focused on the project at hand: breaking into a computer moguls compound to retrieve some priceless, purloined works of art. Parker is feeling the pressure, but thankfully, hes always at his dead-on best when hes got a deadline.
 

About Richard Stark

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Richard Stark has been hailed as one of the inventors-and one of the true masters-of noir crime fiction. Stark's most recent Parker novels, "Comeback" and "Backflash," were each selected as a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year. His first novel, "The Hunter," became the classic 1967 movie "Point Blank," Thirty years later, "The Hunter" was adapted again by Hollywood, in the hit Mel Gibson movie "Payback," Richard Stark is also, at times, the mystery Grand Master Donald E. Westlake. To learn more about the author, you can visit www.donaldwestlake.com.
 
Published November 14, 2001 by Mysterious Press. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the call to attention in the opening sentence (“When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing a man”) to the decision on the last page that one more killing would be overkill, Parker, the poster boy for bad behavior, leads a nonexemplary life.

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Parker and crew have their eyes on the contents of a secret vault in a billionaire's hunting lodge in this typically taut thriller written by Donald E. Westlake under his <EMPHASIS TYPE=ITALIC

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Parker and crew have their eyes on the contents of a secret vault in a billionaire's hunting lodge in this typically taut thriller written by Donald E.

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Book Reporter

"When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing a man."

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Reviewing the Evidence

When Frank Elkins and Ralph Wiss muff a robbery at the hunting lodge of a dot.com billionaire, they create a firebreak that warns Paxton Marino of the holes in the security system guarding his valuable paintings.

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Reviewing the Evidence

FIREBREAK is the latest in a long series of mysteries involving a hardboiled criminal named Parker, in fact this is the 21st addition to this popular series.

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Austin Chronicle

Westlake's alter ego wrote hard-boiled crime caper novels featuring a terse, diamond-tough criminal named Parker, too unsentimental and matter of fact to waste time on a first name.

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