Firebreak

Firebreak 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: Firebreak
  • Author: Richard Stark
  • ISBN: 9780226770659
  • Page: 279
  • 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. Parker hooks up with some other criminals to steal art from an internet millionaire's hunting lodge. But can Parker and the gang complete the heist with someone sending hitmen to kill Parker?I loved the beginning of Firebreak. Parker's in the process of killing a man sent to kill him and makes Claire answer the phone. As for the rest of it?Like most of the Parker books released after Butcher's Moon, Firebreak seemed really padded. While I liked the idea of some people Parker shouldn't have left [...]

    2. Another Parker novel does mean another heist and indeed so it does.But.This movie is less than the earlier books about a heist, it is mostly what happens when stuff goes wrong. The heist seemed a good idea and then life catches up and a sweet score of illegally obtained art seems to become an impossible score when it comes to actually trying to steal it from a billionaires home.At the same time the book opens with Parker killing a man who is visiting Parker & Claire's home with the sole inte [...]

    3. 2.5 starts, better than the last, but Parker still isn't back to his norm. He's timeless & the last job isn't mentioned. That should have earned him $800,000, enough that I can't see him sticking with this job after all that went wrong up front.Nor do I understand the people he left alive. (view spoiler)[ He left Larry alive after the guy goes off the rails a couple of times & gets hacked for Parker's info. He also left the cripple alive. OK, the guy was probably going to prison, but thi [...]

    4. With the very first line of Firebreak I had to laugh, though there is nothing funny about Richard Stark’s Parker books. If you want that, read the misadventures of John Dortmunder written under the author’s real name of Donald E. Westlake. But that opening sentence: “When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing a man.” It tells you everything you need to know about Parker. The rest are details. Like that he’s a professional thief; professional meaning that it is how he makes [...]

    5. This is the second Parker novel that I have read. The first was “The Man with the Getaway Face” (the second in the series) and now I have read on of the last (written in 2001). Apparently a lot has gone on in Mr. Parker’s life since that prior book.As I began reading this one I thought that the author had completely worked over the concept of the character, not just “adjusted” him over the decades. After all, the book starts out in a thoroughly domestic scene: Parker is at home, on a q [...]

    6. Richard Stark has a nice prose and can spin a good yarn, but his characters are flat. And so damn serious. If Parker had the slightest touch of humor about him I could've enjoyed the book. Unfortunately, he plays the stony-faced tough guy to cliched perfection. And the more seriously he takes himself, the harder I roll my eyes.

    7. A computer nerd and two professional thieves who plan to steal priceless stolen art from a secret room in a dot-com billionaire's Montana hunting lodge call Parker in on the job. He's happy to participate, but not until he's taken care of a very dangerous personal matter.Firebreak is another great, terse, hard-boiled crime novel from Richard Stark, the nom de guerre of Donald E. Westlake, and for my money, it's the best Parker novel since the paperback-original heyday of the 1960s. (Perhaps not [...]

    8. My nomination for most hard-boiled opening sentence: "When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing a man." As one does.

    9. 2 ½ stars. I kept getting distracted. My mind wandered.There seemed to be more characters than normal in this book. Toward the end I was confused about some of them. Maybe because a lot was going on in my personal life. Or maybe the book wasn’t as good as others in the series.There are two stories. The better story is about a hit man after Parker. It’s a continuation with Paul and Max who Parker met in Bk 12 “The Sour Lemon Score.” I loved the scene where Parker gets to them. It reminde [...]

    10. This was a busy novel, with a lot of things happening, some with a déjà vu flavour. For instance: Parker goes up against organized crime (just like in The Hunter), gets involved in an art heist (just like in Plunder Squad), tries to find out who is trying to kill him (just like in - well, a whole bunch of Parker books). (view spoiler)[Turns out it's Paul Brock, from The Sour Lemon Score, trying to 'get back' at Parker for what he did to Matt Rosenstein, who is now a paraplegic and very bitter. [...]

    11. I was very excited to find a book from the Parker series that I hadn't yet read. I'm a big fan of this series, so anything I can read that is new to me is a plus. Firebreak was not as good as some of the others, as Parker was not as much in the forefront. He and a new gang are planning a heist of some artwork hidden in an internet billionaire's mountain lair. Crooked people abound, and things go wrong, as usual. I hope there is another one I have missed somewhere, as I really miss Donald Westlak [...]

    12. This could have been better if it had been less uneven. There were sections in which I felt myself struggling to pay attention and then there were occasions when Parker, the tough as nails protagonist was taking care of a "little personal matter" and the pages practically turned themselves. In this case, the two plot lines that make up this book felt unevenly matched, with the art heist lacking the chops to keep me riveted. A solid 3 that could have been more.

    13. This later Parker series title (published in '01) was a more enjoyable read than the others I've read. As usual, several subplots go on at once, the main one the heist of several Old Masters (Rembrandt, etc.) paintings. Parker is his usual relentless, gutsy hardboiled self. Some of the descriptions and characterizations are 14-karat gold. When the chips are all down, Parker is the guy you want getting your back. This series is one of my favorites.

    14. Classic crime caper of the 1990s. Hard boiled bad guys, a billionaire, murders and lots of cops make this a non-stop read. Stark (Donald Westlake) is right up there with Elmore Leonard and Mickey Spillane, as much fun to read as it gets.

    15. My first Parker, but certainly not the last. I used to think that no one could write tighter crime prose than Ellroy, but after reading this, I'm not so sure. So lean and brutal, it's almost existential. Perfect winter city book.

    16. I'm sure I would've enjoyed this book more had I read any other of the Parker novels, but I got this one in a mystery box of mystery books from a library sale, for $5.As is, I WAS engrossed in the pacing and action of the book. Parker's ruthless problem solving and strategizing is certainly engaging and fascinating, but not knowing any of the characters or history robbed most of the story of any stakes.Though both of the main storylines were compelling, the unresolved endings left me feeling as [...]

    17. This book is in turns mildly entertaining, very entertaining, and "get on with it!" There are too many subplots. Tolstoy managed to pull off even more subplots in WAR AND PEACE, but Donald E. Westlake, writing under the name Richard Stark, ain't no Tolstoy.

    18. This was one those Parker books that had a larger supporting cast, complete with their own stories. Still decent. Nothing overly remarkable though.

    19. I read a review of this book that made me think I wanted to read it. But now I remember that I don't care for this genre. It was a crime caper book about a gang of thieves, and one pragmatic and almost conscientious gang member who questioned the existance of another problematic gang member. The author is a good writerI just didn't care for the story, which included nothing of any particular value.

    20. Unlike almost all the Parker novels, with the template of heist/complication/mop up, Firebreak instead focuses on a trio of scores that have to be settled by Parker and his accomplices.It's a refreshing new turn to see a Parker novel where the spotlight is almost equally shared with other characters. Although, it still takes some adjusting to digest Parker living in a world now populated with e-mail and the internet, as I have a nostalgia for the Parker of the 1960's.By far, one of the best of t [...]

    21. i picked this up looking for a relatively light read after Lincoln in the Bardo but this is a brilliant and masterfully story. Stark/Westlake only improved as they aged.

    22. "Firebreak" is the 20th of the 24 Parker novels written by Westlake disguised as Richard Stark. It brings Parker into the modern age of the internet. An internet tycoon has a collection of rare Masters hidden in a secret vault under a hunting lodge in Montana. There's some real money there if you can break through all the electronic protections.But to get there, Parker has to contend with teams of would-be assassins, one of whom makes it into Parker's home on the lake, the one he shares with Cla [...]

    23. Too soon it will end too soonOnly 4 Parker books left after this one and I am compelled to read them at their own pace which is FAST relentlessly so. Richard Stark/Donald Westlake pulled me in and then I was hooked. Grofield was charming and cool, Dortmunder is a diversion and a total hoot, but Parker is my (anti)hero and in a week or two, I will be bidding him farewell. As to why I have not commented on the previous 19 books in the series, I have no answer. Maybe it is because I have just been [...]

    24. In Firebreak, master criminal Parker joins a planned heist against his better judgment. The art theft scheme is problematic on multiple fronts and doomed to fail.By 2001, author Richard Stark seems to have recognized the power of Internet-based technology for both fighting and committing crime. His story introduces a computer nerd who tends to rely too much on electronics. Luckily, when the need arises, Parker has no problem backing up the bits and bytes with brawn and bullets.A few familiar fac [...]

    25. Parker and his crew have quite a few job-related fires to put out in the twentieth Parker novel. One of those metaphorical fires are two ex-heistmates who may or may not have something to do with a hit that's been put out on Parker (mayhem- and rape-inclined Matt Rosenstein and his partner Paul Brock, from The Sour Lemon Score). Then there's the uncertainty surrounding one of Parker's heistmates, an amateur and socially awkward hacker named Larry Lloyd. Add to this volatile situation a lot of co [...]

    26. The 20th Parker novel, and the first one to acknowledge the internet age, as the target for this heist is a dot-com billionaire with a stash of stolen paintings, and one of the crewmembers is Larry Lloyd, a computer whiz fresh out of jail after doing time for trying to kill the business partner that screwed him. However, most of that is beside the point, as the main complication for this heist is someone else who is hiring Russian hitmen to kill Parker, and much of the novel involves Parker sort [...]

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