Flashfire Between Parker s debut and his return in the late s the world of crime changed considerably Now fake IDs and credit cards had to be purchased from specialists increasingly sophisticated poli

  • Title: Flashfire
  • Author: Richard Stark Terry Teachout
  • ISBN: 9780226770628
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • Between Parker s 1961 debut and his return in the late 1990s, the world of crime changed considerably Now fake IDs and credit cards had to be purchased from specialists increasingly sophisticated policing made escape and evasion tougher and, worst of all, money had gone digital the days of cash stuffed payroll trucks were long gone.But cash isn t everything Flashfire aBetween Parker s 1961 debut and his return in the late 1990s, the world of crime changed considerably Now fake IDs and credit cards had to be purchased from specialists increasingly sophisticated policing made escape and evasion tougher and, worst of all, money had gone digital the days of cash stuffed payroll trucks were long gone.But cash isn t everything Flashfire and Firebreak find Parker going after, respectively, a fortune in jewels and a collection of priceless paintings In Flashfire, Parker s in West Palm Beach, competing with a crew that has an unhealthy love of explosions when things go sour, Parker finds himself shot and trapped and forced to rely on a civilian to survive Firebreak takes Parker to a palatial Montana hunting lodge where a dot com millionaire hides a gallery of stolen old masters which will fetch Parker a pretty penny if his team can just get it past the mansion s tight security The forests of Montana are an inhospitable place for a heister when well laid plans fall apart, but no matter how untamed the wilderness, Parker s guaranteed to be the most dangerous predator around Like all of Stark s Parker novels, Firebreak is a brutal yet compelling glimpse into the amoral world of crime and revenge Booklist The action in Flashfire is nonstop The awful fascination in these Parker tales comes from knowing the protagonist will always do whatever is necessary to protect himself and to achieve his goals Wall Street Journal

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    1. This is the book the upcoming Parker movie starring Jason Statham is based on.Parker helps a crew on a bank job and then they take off with his money. Parker goes after them like a bloodhound, gathering money and planning to take their next heist out from under them. Only the man who furnished Parker with a new identity is gunned down and the killer is coming for Parker! Can Parker get his money and avoid getting dead?Flashfire is one of the non-standard Parker books. Parker is out to steal back [...]

    2. For pure thrill and pleasure sort of summer reading, Richard Stark delivers some great stuff in Flashfire. Using his badass bad guy Parker, it is a sort of criminal Monte Cristo where Parker gets revenge on other bad guys that screwed him over. It's action is about as graphic and exciting as pulp fiction legend Elmore Leonard, but without the humour. It is nonetheless a gripping and fun read. Note that there are several comic book versions of Parker stories and they are quite well done.

    3. So this book is one of those were Richard Stark made Parker return after too many years of absence, and he does so quite well. Parker is still at the top of his game.This is also the book that lays the foundation for Jason Stathams 'Parker" movie which turned out not to be such a bad movie after all it actually managed to stay fairly close to the book even if the openings scene for the movie at the state fair was not by Stark but a very good done heist.Parker does this heist and when the dust se [...]

    4. I know that “Flashfire” was published in 2000, but this book feels like it was written three or four decades earlier. In this book I experienced the same rush that I felt when reading “The Man with the Getaway Face”. I can see why some lament the change in tone of the later Parker novels. I think that I am in that camp, too. Maybe not stringently, but I definitely like the punch and pacing of this book.Like all Parker novels, the action comes in right at the start. In this one, Parker &a [...]

    5. Like nearly every other Richard Stark book, this could just as easily have been entitled The Wrong Guy to Mess With. And I mean that as praise. Part of the pleasure of reading a Parker novel is knowing what you're going to get; a heist, a double-cross, a clockwork plot, and a satisfying conclusion in which Parker kills his betrayers and recovers his money. Unfortunately, Flashfire is too long and its story is unnecessarily convoluted. Perhaps the changing demands of the publishing industry are t [...]

    6. After the Great Parker Hiatus, Ronald Starlake restarted the series with a sequence of linked titles: Comeback, Backflash, Flashfire, Firebreak, and Breakout. Of these five, only Breakout (one of my favorite Parker novels) is distinct in my mind; the others blur together, much as Starklake’s titles suggest that he intended. Thus, when the movie Parker was announced as an adaptation of Flashfire, I couldn’t exactly remember which novel that was, but I chose not to worry about it. I wanted to [...]

    7. When he heard the new Parker movie was based on this book, Ed thought he should read it again.After a re-read, I still find this to be a middle of the road Parker book. Not bad, there is no "bad" Parker book, but not his best by some distance.

    8. “Flashfire” is an amazing tour-de-force, even by the standards of Parker novels. It is one of the leanest, meanest, nastiest Parker novels ever to be published and, if you thought you knew what Parker was all about after reading the first eighteen Parker novels, you are in for a big surprise. This is a version of Parker that readers really haven’t seen since the first novel (“The Hunter”). Betrayed by a crew he was working with on a bank gig, Parker gets angry Parker-style and sets off [...]

    9. Usually I don't write reviews when the book is part of a long series. I felt I would be writing the same review over and over, and the Parker series fell into that category, but I'm making an exception for this one. This is the best of the series so far. 'nuff said.

    10. This was pretty good, not the best Parker, but above average. The ending was very feel good.This was different in that Parker needed help when he was shot and in the hospital. He had to trust and rely on a woman he recently met. I love the way Parker gets revenge on people who cross him which he does here. I liked what Parker did to the bad guys’ hideout home and guns.I especially liked one line. Parker is describing to Leslie how the bad guys are going to rob a charity auction - coming in or [...]

    11. Someone stole Parker's money and he wants it back and he wants the man, actually three men, who stole it dead. Okay, if you've read enough Parker books you know that if Parker wants someone dead, they're gonna get dead and, of course, Parker always gets his money back with interest. You know all this when you start the book, but you still enjoy reading about how it all unfolds. I don't think I've read a series of books as well written and overall as consistent as Stark's (Westlake's) Parker seri [...]

    12. Being a fan of Donald Westlake made me curious about the Stark series. So I began with this Parker episode and, despite being out of sequence in the series, enjoyed it quite well. I like the no nonsense character of Parker, a tough, perhaps ruthless bad guy who nonetheless harbors a moral compass and uses his wits,rather than his fists, whenever possible. I'm just finishing my second Parker novel (more like a short story), "The Man With The Getaway Face," and finding it an entertaining diversion [...]

    13. It's good to return to Parker land. This time our favorite hardboiled thief is in on a jewelry heist pulled in ritzy Palm Beach, Florida. Things don't quite work out as planned, and Parker has to improvise like he always does. This entry in the series uses more humor which I find refreshing. Fans of Richard Stark's Parker series should find this one a satisfactory read, too.

    14. Intense. Plowed through this 278-page thrill ride all in one day. Another masterpiece by Richard Stark. Only five Parker books to go and it looks like there will be no slowing down for any and all involved.Next up: Firebreak.

    15. Not the best, the meanest Parker novel but i enjoyed the calm,patience of Parker going after his targets. How when he was weakened, he had his quick,dangerous mind to lead him. He was in danger at times in the book of getting caught by the police, for the first time in many books.

    16. “When the dashboard clock read 2:40, Parker drove out of the drugstore parking lot and across the sunlit road to the convenience store/gas station.”

    17. Excellent plotting as Parker must pull together a lot of money and a new identity quickly. Revenge is a Parker specialty. Great.

    18. The sixth Parker book I've read, and the best I've read. This is the last one I have (I got all 6 at the same time). Parker gets injured in this book and has to rely on a civilian for help.

    19. It took me awhile to find out Donald Westlake had published under several names. I'm very familiar with and absolutely love his Dortmunder series and the book of his nonfiction that was published after his death.So I thought I'd try this.Good choice.Don't ever cheat Parker. You'll regret it just as these three did when they "borrowed" part of Parker's share of the loot from a heist to finance a larger one they had planned. They had also planned to have Parker in on it. But he won't join. Then he [...]

    20. Flashfire is disappointing because for the first two-thirds of the book, it's on its way to being one of the best Parker capers, but the last leg is a letdown. After pulling a heist with three new partners, Parker is offered part of a big job in West Palm Beach. When he declines, his partners steal his share of the loot to fund the robbery. Their mistake is leaving Parker alive. SpoilersThe opening of the book is great, as Parker is robbed by his fellow heisters when he refuses to go in on a new [...]

    21. Parker really gets beat up in this one. And the standard heist-goes-wrong formula is a little different this time around, which made for an interesting change. Nothing too noteworthy otherwise, but still a good Parker yarn.

    22. Damn fine readA most enjoyable book. Well written and paced. Parker is indeed a very nice bad guy. The storyline runs along well and finishes even better.

    23. After four substandard books in this otherwise remarkable series, Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark is back in form. Good thing. I was about to give up.

    24. Donald Westlake wrote quite a bit, and among the many top-quality works he offered were a series of novels about the professional thief Parker. He published these under the pseudonym "Richard Stark," in a group from 1962 to 1974, and then picking them up again in 1997 until his death in 2008. Flashfire is a part of the later group, published in 2000.Flashfire opens with Parker and three other thieves -- Melander, Carlson and Ross -- finishing a successful heist. Parker, having provided the distr [...]

    25. Φυσικά συγγραφέας δεν είναι άλλος από τον Ντόναλντ Γουέστλεϊκ, που με το ψευδώνυμο Ρίτσαρντ Σταρκ έγραψε τα βιβλία της σειράς Πάρκερ καθώς και τα λιγότερο γνωστά βιβλία της σειράς Άλαν Γκρόφιλντ και με το κανονικό του όνομα τα βιβλία της σειράς Ντόρτμουντερ, κάποια βιβλία [...]

    26. Parker is a mysterious character that reveals very little about himself. Each piece of information that is learned about him is spread out throughout the book. In the beginning, he and his other coworkers are nothing more than some mediocre shoplifters. But as the story progresses, they show interest into a much larger scale job. A 12 million dollar job. Parker decides that he is out, and finds himself pitted against his old friends and racing them with a civilian that has no idea what she's get [...]

    27. More of a 2.5, so I'm rounding down to distinguish it from the majority. As Lawrence Block pointed out so well in a forward a book or two ago, the Parker series is formulaic. It's a great formula that I've spent many a pleasant hour reading & listening to. But formulas must adhere to some stringent rules for me to enjoy them. This one stretched several badly.The book was over-long for a Parker novel. I didn't ding Butcher's Moon for that, which was much longer, but in this case there was a f [...]

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