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Fragen Sie den Papagei by Richard Stark

Fragen Sie den Papagei (original 2006; edition 2010)

by Richard Stark, Dirk van Gunsteren (Übersetzer)

Series: Parker (23)

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Title:Fragen Sie den Papagei
Authors:Richard Stark
Other authors:Dirk van Gunsteren (Übersetzer)
Info:Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (2010), Taschenbuch, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:novel, crime, to read

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Ask the Parrot by Richard Stark (2006)



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Listened to the audio. Typical Richard Stark, aka Donald Westlake, but if you don't care for amoral heroes, you won't like Parker. Parker is the ultimate narcissist who sees the world only as how any action will affect him. If that means shooting someone who gets in the way, so be it. Nary a sign of remorse. This one gets complicated, a heist within a heist, while Parker is being pursued by the police from all over because of a botched bank robbery. Really good escapist reading. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Picked this one up because of the title. It was very short, only 5 disks, but was funny and moved at a good pace. Didn't realize it was part of a series until I read the other reviews.

Parker and two other guys rob a bank but the escape goes awry when the police respond quickly with everything they have. As he's running through the woods in his dress shoes with dogs close behind, a local man rescues him. Lindhal is an angry man who has been stewing in bitterness since he was fired from his job at the racetrack for blowing the whistle on a money laundering scheme. He impulsively rescues Parker after watching live coverage of the robbery and manhunt. His plan is to get Parker's help to rob the racetrack. But his fantasy doesn't take into account whether he can control a master thief.

William Dufris does an excellent narration. ( )
1 vote bohemiangirl35 | Nov 30, 2012 |
Donald Westlake, writing under the name Richard Stark, returns with yet another tale of Parker, his amoral, but always fascinating criminal.
In this one, Parker is on the lam from a heist he's just pulled that went badly wrong. The world has changed since 9/11 and Parker is left trying to elude police in an unfamiliar rural setting. He forms an uneasy alliance with a reclusive man who involves Parker in his own illegal revenge plot. This guy, writes Stark, ''sensed the othernesss in Parker, but he didn't know what it meant.''
We, as readers, do: Parker is an out and out sociopath, a hardboiled and humourless professional criminal. Stark usually makes Parker a loner, and so this adventure which forces the deadly mercenary to deal with an amateur in his trade, makes for a strikingly different insight into his character.
And you'll have to read it yourself to find out exactly what the parrot has to say! ( )
1 vote Jawin | Apr 9, 2009 |
An embittered recluse rescues Parker from the posse that is chasing him after the failed bank robbery in Nobody Runs Forever. Parker's rescuer wants his professional help to rob the racetrack that fired him for whistleblowing about money laundering. The carefully laid plan comes unglued and Parker brings his talents to bear on handling his amateur accomplice and the local law. His total amorality remains fascinating and even after 23 novels I identify more strongly with the people he meets than I do with Stark/Westlake's brutally clever antihero. ( )
  TheoClarke | Jul 13, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 089296068X, Hardcover)

Sometimes mystery master Donald E. Westlake is the author of uproarious crime capers. Sometimes he has a mean streak-and its name is Parker. From his noir classic The Man with the Getaway Face to his recent novel Nobody Runs Forever, whenever Westlake writes as Stark, he lets Parker run loose-a ruthless criminal in a world of vulnerable "straights."

On a sunny October afternoon a man is running up a hill. He's not dressed for running. Below him are barking police dogs and waiting up ahead is a stranger-with a rifle, a life full of regrets, and a parrot at home who will mutely witness just how much trouble the runner, Parker, can bring into an ordinary life.

The rabbit hunter is Tom Lindahl, a small-town lonely heart nursing a big-time grudge against the racetrack that fired him. He knows from the moment he sees Parker that he's met a professional thief-and a man with murder in his blood. Rescuing Parker from the chase hounds, Lindahl invites the fugitive into his secluded home. He plans to rip off his former employer and exact a deadly measure of revenge-if he can get Parker to help.

But Tom doesn't know Parker and that the desperate criminal will do anything to survive-no matter who has to die...

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Fleeing the authorities after a disastrous bank heist, Parker is rescued by Tom Lindahl, a one-time whistleblower tossed aside by the corrupt political establishment, who has a daring scheme to seek revenge and a plan to use Parker to accomplish his goal.… (more)

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