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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald E. Westlake Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Parker Novels Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781482985009
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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 waited.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Elmore Leonard, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Parker is a true treasure…The master thief is back, along with Richard Stark.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “No need to lament a golden age of hard-boiled writing; it’s right here, now.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Parker is back again, and crime fans are in for yet another terrific excursion into the world of a skilled and chillingly dangerous professional…a must-buy, must-read novel.”

    Booklist

  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Mysteries
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About the Author
Author Donald E. Westlake

Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008) wrote dozens of novels under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, including Richard Stark and Alan Marshall. Many of his books have been adapted for film, most notably The Hunter, which became the 1967 noir Point Blank and the 1999 smash hit Payback.

About the Narrator

Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates. He has also won seven Earphones Awards.