Comeback (Parker Series #17)

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In a world of warped values, an honest crook like Parker is a true treasure. -- New York Times

Last seen in 1974's Butcher's Moon the great hard-boiled criminal character, Parker, returns. This time he's ripping off an evangelist in the middle of a prayer meeting! Parker and his cohorts make off with duffel bags full of cash. The half-million-dollar robbery of a Christian crusade draws cops, crooks and the evangelist's own unrelenting ...
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Overview

In a world of warped values, an honest crook like Parker is a true treasure. -- New York Times

Last seen in 1974's Butcher's Moon the great hard-boiled criminal character, Parker, returns. This time he's ripping off an evangelist in the middle of a prayer meeting! Parker and his cohorts make off with duffel bags full of cash. The half-million-dollar robbery of a Christian crusade draws cops, crooks and the evangelist's own unrelenting security man. What began as a gathering of the faithful turns into a nightmare where every move has a countermove, every man is on his own, and every lie leads to the deadliest moments of truth.
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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
In a world of warped values, an honest crook like Parker is a true treasure.
New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Donald E. Westlake gives us his 21st book in the now-legendary Parker series, written under his Richard Stark pseudonym. Parker's return is one of the most striking achievements in Westlake's long and varied career. Energy and imagination light up virtually every page, as does some of the best hard-boiled prose ever to grace the noir genre. 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 being a very good, often very violent, professional thief. His latest job makes him part of a plan to remove a large sum of cash from a glossy TV preacher named William Archibald. But the heist 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 is a cold traitor. Archibald's security chief, an ex-marine, is a tenacious pursuer, intent on getting back his employer's money. Along the way, readers 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.
Marilyn Stasio
In a world of warped values, an honest crook like Parker is a true treasure. -- New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Following in the footsteps of fellow-thief Bernie Rhodenbarr, Stark's hero Parker returns from a 20-year retirement in this taut caper, which begins with a routine $400,000 heist from the Reverend William Archibald's Christian Crusade (the inside man, Tom Carmody, is an angel who's gotten religion and thinks money is the root of the Rev.'s evil). The sequel would be routine, too, if Carmody hadn't told his girlfriend about the heist, and if the girlfriend hadn't told her none-too-bright kid brother, and if the brother hadn't told a couple of his lowlife friends, and if one of the original thieves hadn't decided he didn't want to split the take with the others, and if the nominal good guys—Archibald's semper fi security chief Dwayne Thorsen and sadistic local police detective Lew Calavecci—weren't a pair of borderline psychopaths. The high points are Parker's taking a bribe to look for the money he's stolen himself, and his trying to put out a fire by throwing a bullet-ridden body on it. But the real thrill is seeing Parker back in action again in a world where all the key players are so completely on the same wavelength that they know exactly what everybody else will do, and where each ruse and double-cross is good only till nightfall. If you're new to Stark's work, think of all the comic Dortmunder capers he's written under his real name—Donald E. Westlake—but with as baleful an absence of humor as in The Ax.
Entertainment Weekly - Stephen King

“Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.”
New York Times - William Grimes

“Parker . . . lumbers through the pages of Richard Stark’s noir novels scattering dead bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a complex world [he] makes things simple.”
Elmore Leonard

“Whatever Stark writes, I read. He’s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.”—
Bookforum - John Banville

“Richard Stark’s Parker novels . . . are among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, of any time.”
New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio

“Parker is a true treasure. . . . The master thief is back, along with Richard Stark.”
Washington Post

“Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.”
Los Angeles Times

“Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”
Lawrence Block

“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you’ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll want on that desert island.”
New York Times Book Review - Anthony Boucher

“Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity—a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call roman noirs.”
New York Review of Books - Luc Sante

"Parker is a brilliant invention. . . . What chiefly distinguishes Westlake, under whatever name, is his passion for process and mechanics. . . . Parker appears to have eliminated everything from his program but machine logic, but this is merely protective coloration. He is a romantic vestige, a free-market anarchist whose independent status is becoming a thing of the past."
Commentary - Terry Teachout

"Whether early or late, the Parker novels are all superlative literary entertainments."
Virginia Quarterly Review - John McNally

"If you're a fan of noir novels and haven't yet read Richard Stark, you may want to give these books a try. Who knows? Parker may just be the son of a bitch you've been searching for."
Vue Weekly - Josef Braun

"The University of Chicago Press has recently undertaken a campaign to get Parker back in print in affordable and handsome editions, and I dove in. And now I get it."
Globe and Mail - H. J. Kirchoff

“The UC Press mission, to reprint the 1960s Parker novels of Richard Stark (the late Donald Westlake), is wholly admirable. The books have been out of print for decades, and the fast-paced, hard-boiled thrillers featuring the thief Parker are brilliant.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736644334
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Parker Series , #17
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 4 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 7.05 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008), a prolific author of crime fiction. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society’s highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master.
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