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The Outfit (Parker Series #3)
     

The Outfit (Parker Series #3)

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by Richard Stark
 

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The Outfit was organized crime with a capital O. They were big. They were bad. They were brutal. And no crook ever crossed them and lived to enjoy it. Except Parker. So they wanted Parked dead, and a hitman proved they meant business. Too bad for the Outfit he missed. Because Parker planned to get even. Dead even. Ripping off the Outfit was the easy part of

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The Outfit was organized crime with a capital O. They were big. They were bad. They were brutal. And no crook ever crossed them and lived to enjoy it. Except Parker. So they wanted Parked dead, and a hitman proved they meant business. Too bad for the Outfit he missed. Because Parker planned to get even. Dead even. Ripping off the Outfit was the easy part of Parker's game. Going one-on-one with Bronson, the Outfit's Big Boss, was the hard part. Hard for anyone but Parker -because the entire underworld knew it was written in blood: whatever Parked did, he did deadly.

Editorial Reviews

Bookforum
Richard Stark’s Parker novels . . . are among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, of any time.”

— John Banville

New York Times Book Review
Parker is a true treasure. . . . The master thief is back, along with Richard Stark.”

— Marilyn Stasio

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.”

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."

Elmore Leonard
“Whatever Stark writes, I read. He’s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.”

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.”
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.”

Entertainment Weekly - Stephen King
“Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
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 Times - 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."—Terry Teachout, Weekly Standard
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555046972
Publisher:
Chivers North America
Publication date:
10/28/1988
Series:
Parker Series , #3
Edition description:
Large print ed
Pages:
218

What People are Saying About This

Martin Cruz Smith
To me, Richard Stark is the Prince of Noir.

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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The Outfit (Parker Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
chuckb38 More than 1 year ago
The Parker and Dortmunder series are my favorites. I wish they'd bring back more of the older stories for ebook.
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