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3.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 5 3.87 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald E. Westlake Narrator: John Chancer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Parker Novels Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781482982336
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When it comes to heists, Parker believes in some cardinal rules. On this job, he breaks two of them: never bring a dame along—especially not one you like—and never, ever, work with amateurs. Nevertheless, with the help of a creep named Billy, and the lure of a classy widow, he agrees to set up a heist of a coin convention. But Billy’s a rookie with no idea how to pull off a score, and the lady soon becomes a major distraction. The Rare Coin Score marks the first appearance of Claire, who will steal Parker’s heart while together they steal two million dollars worth of coins.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.”

    Stephen King, praise for the series

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

    Elmore Leonard, praise for the author

  • “[Richard Stark’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, praise for the series

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

    New York Times Book Review, praise for the series

  • “[Stark] knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.”

    Washington Post, praise for the author

  • “Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does without Leonard…Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”

    Los Angeles Times, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 2/11/2014

    " "Parker spent two weeks on the white sand beach at Biloxi, and on a white sandy bitch named Belle, but he was restless, and one day without thinking about it he checked out and sent a forwarding address to Handy McKay and moved on to New Orleans." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/18/2014

    " I read this in one sitting on the airplane. No one wrote a better series of hard-boiled novels in the 1960s than Richard Stark (Donald Westlake). In this one Parker leads a small group in a caper at a coin show and he meets a girl named Claire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/25/2013

    " The first sentence is astounding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Vance Castagna | 12/20/2013

    " Another fast paced entry in the Parker series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Towslee | 12/12/2013

    " Working my way through some old school pulp series. The 'Parker' series by Richard Stark is a quick lite bus read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/10/2013

    " Decent caper novel. But how come everybody recognizes Parker after his plastic surgery in the first chapter? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korynn | 12/10/2013

    " This heist is different because Parker ends up scoring a girl as well. I'm not sure I like that Parker ends up with her but it does mean he's human. Overall a great story with great individual characters but another heist that ends up flawed when someone else decides to steal the take. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/8/2013

    " Totally gripping - Parker changes his pattern and end up involved in a heist his first instinct was to walk away from. A little more thoughtful and character focused than the previous book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Tervort | 9/22/2013

    " One of my favorite Parker books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 7/28/2013

    " One of my favorite Parker books. Claire is a great character, and the tension throughout is ridiculously taut. Excellent stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tosh | 12/29/2012

    " Parker gets a girlfriend novel. Enjoyable as wicked fun, but not his best. Maybe because it feels like a formula or another clog in a series - but still, its a form of literature that will please one, if stranded in the desert or in a boring hotel. Therefore it is sort of a masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/15/2012

    " After misfiring with the first Grofield novel, Richard Stark regroups with garden-variety Parker: In The Rare Coin Score, Parker steals exactly what the book's title promises, and, of course, he runs into some trouble along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scottlmoritz | 7/25/2012

    " Good Parker book but not as enthralling as some of the others in the series. Definitely recommend the series as well as the few movies based on The Hunter and The Outfit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Schneider | 6/3/2012

    " A good entry in a swell series. We see a touch more f a human side to Parker this time around, though he's still the hardboiled sociopath. I have to wonder, though, if at some point people are going to stop working with him. It's been a very long time since one of his jobs didn't go south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/9/2012

    " Parker joins a caper he quickly discovers is run by amateurs. This grates on him, as he's a professional, and hates poorly conceived gigs. But he takes over, and find a score within a score, and in the process hooks up with Claire. "

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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

John Chancer is an award-winning narrator of numerous audiobooks. He has performed in theaters on both sides of the Atlantic. His television appearances have included Any Human Heart, Episodes, Spooks, The Long Firm, and William & Mary. His films include Casino Royale, Unstoppable, Grim, and Project: Shadowchaser.