Synopses & Reviews
The heat is on...
A dot-com billionaire has golden toilets in his Montana lodge and some stolen art under lock and key. A man named Parker has a dead man in his garage and a few things to do: find out who sent the hit man to take him out of the picture...and steal the rich guy's hot Old Masters. For Parker, locks, cops, and guards are the kind of enemy you can count on; the most dangerous players are the men and women on his side of the law. Now from a crazed computer geek who's made himself Parker's partner to an aging husband-and-wife assassin team, Parker runs into a storm of hurt and madness on his way to big-sky country. And when the heist goes down, all hell will break loose where only the swift and fierce will have a shot at getting out alive...
"Stark is a mystery connoisseur's delight. His plot delivers twists and turns....A tremendously skillful, smart writer." Time Out New York
"Donald E. Westlake has a wonderfully twisted mind that takes impish delight in knocking over its own elaborate plot constructions....There's no moral in this, you understand; just the thrill of being caught up in the guilty pleasure of getting away with something really, really bad." New York Times Book Review
"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
"As Donald E. Westlake or Richard Stark, this crime novelist gives the best lines to the bad guys." Time
"Charming, efficient, and deadly serious, Parker never misses a beat whether finishing off the hit man who pays him an unexpected visit, or tracking down the unknown enemies who put out the contract on his life." New York Daily News
"Tough, taut, and sublimely bad-tempered." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Parker put down the body and answered the phone. And from that moment on he had two jobs to do. One was to rob a remote Montana lodge where a dot-com billionaire hid stolen art treasures in his basement. The other was to find out why a hit man had come to his home -- and who had sent him. Pa
About the Author
Richard Stark is one of the preeminent authors and inventors of noir crime fiction. Stark's recent Parker novels Comeback and Backflash were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His first novel, The Hunter, became the classic 1967 movie Point Blank. Thirty years later The Hunter was adapted again by Hollywood, in the hit Mel Gibson movie Payback. Richard Stark is also, at times, mystery Grand Master Donald E. Westlake.