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

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

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

You probably haven’t ever noticed them. But they’ve noticed you. They notice everything. That’s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers’ work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.

They’re thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They’re pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you’re planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister’s heister, the robber’s robber, the heavy’s heavy. You don’t want to cross him, and you don’t want to get in his way, because he’ll stop at nothing to get what he’s after.

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir.  Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style—and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency—Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover—and become addicted to.
Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet: an armored car in New Jersey, stuffed with cash.
“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.”—Washington Post Book World
“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.”—Los Angeles Times
“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.”—Lawrence Block

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226771007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 08/28/2008
Series: Parker Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 258,943
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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 Man with the Getaway Face (Parker Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Another_Old_Guy More than 1 year ago
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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