Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Review: Plunder Squad by Richard Stark

Plunder Squad: A Parker NovelPlunder Squad: A Parker Novel by Richard Stark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novel should be titled A Study In Frustration because whatever the ultimate thief and anti-hero Parker tries to set for a score falls through, leaving him angry, frustrated and low on funds. After a couple of jobs fall through due to an ambush and personal problems, Parker is forced to eliminate one of his rivals that he allowed to live during a rare moment of compassion in a previous novel. Finally Parker and colleagues settle on an ingenious heist of an armored car loaded with precious artwork that they believe they can sell through a fence. When the fence falls through, Parker is caught in a vicious trap, the money is lost and all Parker can do is hope to escape alive... After a mild thaw in his character in a few of the previous installments, the ice-cold and ruthless Parker we know and love is back with a vengeance. Gunning down rivals, disgustedly walking away from half-baked plans, Parker is the ultimate pro, always a blast to follow even when everything is going wrong. Plunder Squad -

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