After the publication of Butcher’s Moon in
1974, Donald Westlake said, “Richard Stark proved to me that he had a
life of his own by simply disappearing. He was gone.” And readers
But nothing bad is truly gone
forever, and Parker’s as bad as they come. According to Westlake, one
day in 1997, “suddenly, he came back from the dead, with a chalky prison
pallor”—and the novels that followed showed that neither Parker nor
Stark had lost a step.
Backflash finds Parker checking out the scene on a Hudson River
gambling boat. Parker’s no fan of either relaxation or risk, however, so
you can be sure he’s playing with house money—and he’s willing to do
anything to tilt the odds in his favor. Featuring a great cast of
heisters, a striking setting, and a new introduction by Westlake’s close
friend and writing partner, Lawrence Block, this classic Parker
adventure deserves a place of honor on any crime fan’s bookshelf. Download and start listening now!