The Man with the Getaway Face (Parker Series #2)

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When the bandages came off, Parker looked in the mirror at a stranger. He had come in to the doctor with a face that the New York syndicate wanted to put a bullet in. Now he was going back out with a face that they were going to learn to fear. It cost him a lot. But it would be cheap at twice the price if it kept him alive while he did what he had to do. And what he had to do was steal. Because a new face couldn't keep Parker from his old life of crime and kicks...where money was there for the taking, and where ...
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The Man with the Getaway Face: A Parker Novel

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Overview

When the bandages came off, Parker looked in the mirror at a stranger. He had come in to the doctor with a face that the New York syndicate wanted to put a bullet in. Now he was going back out with a face that they were going to learn to fear. It cost him a lot. But it would be cheap at twice the price if it kept him alive while he did what he had to do. And what he had to do was steal. Because a new face couldn't keep Parker from his old life of crime and kicks...where money was there for the taking, and where nobody did it better than Parker.
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Editorial Reviews

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 - 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 romans noirs.”
New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio

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

“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.”
Christian Science Monitor

“If you’re looking for crime novels with a lot of punch, try the very, very tough novels featuring Parker. . . . The Hunter, The Outfit, The Mourner, and The Man with the Getaway Face are all beautifully paced, tautly composed, and originally published in the early 1960s."
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.”
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.”
New York Times Sunday Book Review - Patton Oswalt

"So damn fun."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446674669
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Parker Series , #2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008), a prolific author of noir 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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  • Posted January 10, 2012

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    The Man With the Getaway Face

    The second in the terrific Parker series by Richard Stark aka Donald Westlake, Parker seems unperturbed by the new face he is given after being chased by "the syndicate" in the excellent, The Hunter. Parker is tough, mean, and super-cool, which makes this novel about an armored-car robbery and the aftermath of his plastic-surgery a terrific read. The Parker series is a must for those who like their crime fiction hard boiled.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Parker Series #2

    If you don't know the Donald Westlake (writing as Stark) Parker series, go back and read Hunter first. This is a series that really needs to be read in order. The stories (capers) might stand alone, but the back story is needed to understand the characters. Parker has had a face job to avoid mob attention and this provides the side story that you need the history for. This story isn't a great follow up to the first novel but it is still a fun read.

    The Parker novels are no great literature but are pocket novels that you can read in a plane trip. They are hard edged, a bit nasty, and the characters rarely have any redeeming qualities. A guilty pleasure?

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