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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (485 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Stark Narrator: Robert Davi Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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Steel-nerved master thief Parker has his eyes on a fat prize. The prize, a slow stuffed with money - a gambling casino on the Hudson River. It is not in Parker's nature to gamble, so he leaves nothing to chance. From the phony politician to the getaway boat, from bringing guns on board to getting the money off, Parker has it all planned. There are only a few problems....

The guy who tipped off Parker is a bureaucrat with a moral streak; the guy who's steering the getaway boat has unsavory friends with plenty of guns; and a reporter on the casino has enough sense to know that something isn't quite right. Suddenly, Parker's surefire plan is blowing up like fireworks on the Fourth-only these blow-ups kill people. With his luck going south, and no one left to trust but himself, Parkers must do what he does best: punch, claw, and kill his way out of the night. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/15/2014

    " This is the sort of Parker novel that I like best: it focuses fairly narrowly on Parker planning and executing a heist and then dealing with the aftermath. So why didn't I like it more? Why did I actually find it a wee bit tedious? The answer, I think, is that while Starklake ably executes the Parker formula, it feels like a formula this time out. Starklake doesn't play with his own conventions as he sometimes does--he just marches through them. Of course, this wouldn't be my reaction if this were my first encounter with Parker, in which case I would probably think this was a great book. More than anything, this all suggests that I ought to take a break from Parker. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ALERT: In Backflash, Parker laughs at a joke. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry Webber | 12/30/2013

    " Parker is back as strong as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/28/2013

    " Solid Parker novel. The Parker series has got to be the most-consistently well-written series in hardboiled crime novel history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Howgate | 12/12/2013

    " Like all Stark novels, incredibly quick pace. Never read any Archer whose novels move as quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 12/8/2013

    " Vintage Stark/Westlake hardboiled caper featuring Parker, the thief who works for his money and leaves no loose ends, ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/7/2013

    " Clean crime writing and the upstate New York setting is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Korynn | 11/6/2013

    " Heist on a floating riverboat casino on the Hudson. Flawless planning and careful elimination of problems as they crop up. Even a bunch of opportunists that show up to heist the heist are dealt with in a methodical fashion. Beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike/ma | 10/16/2013

    " I knew of Starks work having enjoyed "Payback" movie. Figured I'd read a few Parker novels to see if the books were enjoyable, and I wasn't disappointed. Interesting main character and support characters, simply written and compelling to keep reading! Heading to the library to get another one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 10/12/2013

    " One of the later Parker novels involving a job to rob a gambling riverboat. Stark's writing improves throughout the series, but I miss the more hard boiled/noirish style of the earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 3/26/2013

    " Parker takes on someone else's score, and has to deal with an unhappy scammer locked out of the deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/17/2012

    " Classic Parker - setup, heist, problems and solutions (usually quite unpleasant for the problem person). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chadwick | 9/20/2011

    " Seriously kids, this is the last of the Parker books that I'll read for a while. I think I've covered everything that the library has. And boy, it was killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 8/19/2011

    " This one is kind of a back to basics Parker story. Just a regular old heist with some excellent complications. Highly recommended. Can't believe this is number eighteen. Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald Westlake) is a guy who never seemed to run out of ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 4/21/2011

    " Parker takes on someone else's score, and has to deal with an unhappy scammer locked out of the deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 4/11/2011

    " This one is kind of a back to basics Parker story. Just a regular old heist with some excellent complications. Highly recommended. Can't believe this is number eighteen. Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald Westlake) is a guy who never seemed to run out of ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 3/8/2011

    " Totally out of order. I am.
    Finish Slayground before I start Butcher's Moon.
    I will.
    Promise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Korynn | 11/9/2009

    " Heist on a floating riverboat casino on the Hudson. Flawless planning and careful elimination of problems as they crop up. Even a bunch of opportunists that show up to heist the heist are dealt with in a methodical fashion. Beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 7/17/2009

    " Vintage Stark/Westlake hardboiled caper featuring Parker, the thief who works for his money and leaves no loose ends, ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 6/14/2008

    " Like all Stark novels, incredibly quick pace. Never read any Archer whose novels move as quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chadwick | 2/14/2008

    " Seriously kids, this is the last of the Parker books that I'll read for a while. I think I've covered everything that the library has. And boy, it was killer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/11/2008

    " Parker is back as strong as ever. "

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