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03-20-2003, 10:19 PM
In an amazing bit of synchronicity,the review of Slayground appears just as I`ve been thinking of doing a Stark topic.I just finished the latest Parker novel,Breakout.It`s one of the best in this series(and that is really saying something).These books,as mentioned in the review,are by Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark.If you want to see a master at the art of word economy,read one of these books.Nary a wasted phrase to be found.Some of the finest hard-boiled writing this side of the masters(Hammett,Chandler,Cain),and a terrific anti-hero in the Parker character.
03-23-2003, 01:26 PM
Hi Andrew. Glad you enjoyed "Breakout." I did too. The last 2 were disappointments -- some good stuff in them for sure, but not nearly as good as the 2 previous ones, "Comeback" and "Backflash." I don't know if you also read the Dortmunder books by Westlake, but the latest one is also a winner (the best one since "Drowned Hopes," easily).
03-23-2003, 05:08 PM
Hi Chris,I agree about the last two Parker novels.Backflash was probably my favorite until Breakout came along.
I don`t generally enjoy the "light hearted"crime novels,I usually like my crime straight.That`s why I love Laurence Block`s Scudder novels,but don`t read the Bernie Rhodenbar(sp?)books.I have read a couple Dortmunders,and if I`m in the right mood I can get into them,maybe I`ll give the new one a try sometime.Westlake has written some great stand alone novels as well,The Axe is a particular favorite.
10-25-2005, 10:02 AM
Having never read any of the writer's books, what Stark book is a good place to start?
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