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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (393 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Stark Narrator: Stephen R. Thorne Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Baron is clever - perhaps too clever. He sits on the heavily protected island of Cockaigne, a mini-Las Vegas forty miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, raking in as much as $250,000 some nights, laughing at the Outfit, who can't collect their cut. Now the Outfit can no longer stand the loss of face - not to mention the loss of revenue. That's why they've sent for Parker, who knows that the line between success and failure on this score would be exactly the length of the barrel of a .38. Double-crosses and double-dealings from the word go, not to mention the arrival of Parker's flamboyant friend Grofield, make this one of Richard Stark's best.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 2/13/2014

    " This is the original hard boiled tough guy. Stark (Westlake writing as Stark) boils the essence of a smart no-nonsense tough guy down from the work of the greats that wrote detective and crime fiction before him, and created Parker. Forget the movies you may have seen - be they timeless classics or modern dreck - and do yourself a favor and read these. If you like crime fiction you have to check these books out. The Chicago Press has re-released them in sharp stylish new paperbacks that are inexpensive and look great. Perfect reading for a single afternoon: they are short, fun and really pop. They are like Pringles: I bet you can't read just one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alberto | 2/6/2014

    " Another fine entry in the Parker series. Going for the next. Grofield my favorite Parker's sidekick, undoubtely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rand Harker | 1/3/2014

    " Violent, tightly plotted, clean clear writing--Parker is a wonderful embodiment of Donald E. Westlake's amoral vision. I also recommend "The Ax", by Westlake under his own name, where the black humor of such amorality comes through in fine fashion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/22/2013

    " Wow! Parker and his crew are hired by the Outfit to stage a casino robbery on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Then the feds step in with a few requests as well to complicate matters! Lots of twists and turns to this baby. Classic Parker tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Hackbarth | 10/28/2013

    " Parker is his cold, calculating self. However, this heist didn't have that bold a plot twist. Still, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake) created one heck of a character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 10/17/2013

    " Sets the tone for the Grofield books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 9/3/2013

    " This is a pretty good entry in the Parker series. I think it's made even better by the appearance of Grofield, a brush with the law, and some ties to some of the better earlier books in the series. I thought that he left some loose threads. Leads into The Damsel (a Grofield novel) by Stark/Westlake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Badal | 12/13/2012

    " Stark's character Parker becomes more rounded, more complete with each book in the series. I just loaded the next 4 in the series onto my ipad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Dix-McLaughlin | 11/30/2012

    " What goes around, comes around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/21/2012

    " More great Parker action, Grofield's flamboyance makes him a great foil for Parker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 10/21/2012

    " Parker sets up a caper for the Outfit, from which he expects to benefit greatly. He finds, however, that feds have an interest in his target, but not him. So he has to navigate his way between competing interests to carry out his plan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Ratte | 9/25/2012

    " This is an amazing Parker novel. Parker is always at his best when he enlists the help from Alan Grofield. Short, easy read. Excellent story. 4 out of 5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 3/6/2012

    " A cross between a caper novel and international intrigue, but a typical Parker novel in one regard--someone has stolen Parker's money and he's going to get it back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottlmoritz | 1/13/2012

    " Richard Stark is the name Donald Westlake used for some of his more serious crime books. The Handle is one of the Parker series and another good book noir. Unlike the Dortmunder series, the humor is more subtle and the criminals colder. A very good series and a good book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 1/11/2012

    " Another great hardboiled from Richard Stark. Bite-sized but as satisfying as a Parker potboiler can be. "

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