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The Rare Coin Score: A Parker Novel (edition 2009)

by Richard Stark, Luc Sante (Foreword)

Series: Parker (9)

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Title:The Rare Coin Score: A Parker Novel
Authors:Richard Stark
Other authors:Luc Sante (Foreword)
Info:University Of Chicago Press (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages
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Tags:Parker, Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake, heist, crime, noir

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The Rare Coin Score by Richard Stark



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The foreword by [a:Luc Sante|17699|Luc Sante|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-M-50x66-e07624dc012f2cce49c7d9aa6500c6c0.jpg] is excellent in most ways. He describes Parker's character very well & gives a very good overview of the series. Unfortunately, it contains a lot of series spoilers. Since I was driving & it wasn't a single track, I couldn't really skip it. This is the publisher's fault. Luke mentions that it's been 23 years since the previous book, so that has to be the break between [b:Butcher's Moon|457227|Butcher's Moon (Parker, #16)|Richard Stark|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1287789184s/457227.jpg|3824] #16 (1974) & #17 [b:Comeback|619717|Comeback (Parker, #17)|Richard Stark|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328016173s/619717.jpg|3846] (1997). This book is #9! I guess Audio Go just decided it would go as well here as on book #17. It didn't. You guys suck.

The story itself was perfect Parker, except he breaks a lot of his rules. Why & how it all plays out makes for a great adventure. Very much character driven & they all were painted quite well. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Knowledgeable forward by Luc Sante. ( )
  jayacarl | Jun 8, 2013 |
The seventh Parker novel took its title, The Seventh, from Parker's percentage of a score.

I wonder if this being the ninth novel in the Parker series -- that is, the last single-digit book in the series -- is why it's also reportedly the last novel in which Parker is himself single.

From what I understand, the conniver with whom he hooks up in The Rare Coin Score stays with him for the remainder of the series. I guess I'll learn if that's true as I continue reading.

In any case, it's a characteristically finely wrought tale, which is to say it's a story that's well told, yet it's a story about a plan that falls apart. That tension may be the primary pleasure of the Parker series as a whole: every plot crashes by design. Every robbery fails due to the errors of its participants, least of all (which is to say, also including) Parker.

In this case, the robbery involves a coin convention. And as always, back stories of various characters are introduced long after we've met them, just in time to explain how the various narrative joints connect.
  Disquiet | Mar 28, 2013 |
Parker goes along on a coin show heist and things go horribly wrong. This is the book that introduces his girlfriend Claire. ( )
  Leischen | Dec 15, 2012 |
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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.
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Parker makes the mistake of letting an amateur in on the score, and one of them is a pretty woman named Claire.

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