- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: University of Chicago Press; Auflage: Reprint (1. September 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0226771008
- ISBN-13: 978-0226771007
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,5 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 206.276 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Man with the Getaway Face: A Parker Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2008
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"So damn fun."--Patton Oswalt "New York Times Sunday Book Review "
"Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag."
--Stephen King "Entertainment Weekly "
"Parker . . . lumbers through the pages of Richard Stark's noir novels scattering dead bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a complex world [he] makes things simple."
--William Grimes "New York Times "
"Parker is a brilliant invention. . . . What chiefly distinguishes Westlake, under whatever name, is his passion for process and mechanics. . . . Parker appears to have eliminated everything from his program but machine logic, but this is merely protective coloration. He is a romantic vestige, a free-market anarchist whose independent status is becoming a thing of the past."
--Luc Sante "New York Review of Books "
"I wouldn't care to speculate about what it is in Westlake's psyche that makes him so good at writing about Parker, much less what it is that makes me like the Parker novels so much. Suffice it to say that Stark/Westlake is the cleanest of all noir novelists, a styleless stylist who gets to the point with stupendous economy, hustling you down the path of plot so briskly that you have to read his books a second time to appreciate the elegance and sober wit with which they are written."
--Terry Teachout "Commentary "
"If you're a fan of noir novels and haven't yet read Richard Stark, you may want to give these books a try. Who knows? Parker may just be the son of a bitch you've been searching for."
--John McNally "Virginia Quarterly Review "
"The University of Chicago Press has recently undertaken a campaign to get Parker back in print in affordable and handsome editions, and I dove in. And now I get it."
--Josef Braun "Vue Weekly "
"The UC Press mission, to reprint the 1960s Parker novels of Richard Stark (the late Donald Westlake), is wholly admirable. The books have been out of print for decades, and the fast-paced, hard-boiled thrillers featuring the thief Parker are brilliant."
--H. J. Kirchoff "Globe and Mail "
"Fiercely distracting . . . . Westlake is an expert plotter; and while Parker is a blunt instrument of a human being depicted in rudimentary short grunts of sentences, his take on other characters reveals a writer of great humor and human understanding."--John Hodgman ""Parade" "
"Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude."--Elmore Leonard
You probably haven't ever noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.They're thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They're pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you're planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister's heister, the robber's robber, the heavy's heavy. You don't want to cross him, and you don't want to get in his way, because he'll stop at nothing to get what he's after.Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style - and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency - Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre.The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover - and become addicted to.Parker goes under the knife in "The Man with the Getaway Face", changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet: an armored car in New Jersey, stuffed with cash. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE is the second Parker novel and written in typical 60-heist-style. Parker himself is strait, hard and handsome as ever and at the end all looks different…
Reading this book was fun and I will read more Parker novels.
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Anyway his old friends (the few he has) take a few seconds of convincing of his identity and it is not long before he accepts a job which offers him an easy take of a cool $50,000. Nothing in life is ever what it appears and by the time he meets his new team members and hears the plan Parker decides that he does not like the look or sound of what is in store for everyone.
And so the game is on. Stark's writing is as good if not better than book one. The book is littered with phrases that are quite poetic in quality but probably politically incorrect for me to quote here, so i wont. The plotting is excellent, the characters (both good and bad) jump out of the kindle screen and poke you in the eye so please read this title with your spectacles on. The reader is in for a great time and so i award it my mandatory four stars. Not quite a classic (by my terms) so i cant give it five. But an awesome read nonetheless.
But there is also a lot of independent small scale entrepreneurship. Look at our hero Parker, an experienced operator in the line of robberies. Murder is not his core business, but he doesn't shrink away from it if it is needed in the line of a project or to cover his traces.
On the fringe we have niche businesses like Dr. Adler's: a physician who lost his prosperous SF practice after the McCarthy crowd roughed him up for his red allegiance in the 1930s. Now he does underground work for gangsters who need to change their appearance. Parker gets a getaway face from Dr. Adler.
Another customer of Dr. Adler's is a con man who has swindled people out of their GI Bill allowances by fraudulent real estate deals. When it blew up, he emigrated to Buenos Aires, but he got homesick and came back, with a job from the good doctor.
Main story line is a heist that Parker is running in New Jersey, against an armored car. Side lines are his attempt at staying clear from the mob's revenge (see volume 1, The Hunter; this here is volume 2) and at staying clear from conflicts between the doctor's loyalist support staff and his other customers.
Not as great as volume 1, The Hunter, due to the slightly tedious heist details here, but informative and entertaining. Stark is a master of precise language. A good contribution to an analysis of the years from 1945 to 60.