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The black ice score by Richard Stark

The black ice score (edition 1986)

by Richard Stark

Series: Parker (11)

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Title:The black ice score
Authors:Richard Stark
Info:London ; New York : Allison & Busby, 1986.
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I listened to this published by BBC Audio. Good reader, the same as previous ones, I think.

This varied from Parker's usual heists in that he was brought in as a consultant. All the great action & twisty plot, though. Excellent as usual. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Definitely my least favorite of the Stark/Parker books thus far, as I make my way through them sequentially.

It's definitely the case that the arrival of Claire means less of the Parker we've known -- his ritual is different, and for all her toughness, she ends up causing trouble. This many years after The Thin Man, I would have hoped he'd have more of an equal as a partner.

Anyhow, the book's about a diamond heist related to an African nation that uses a Manhattan museum as a hideaway. Parker has a new role, in that he's pretty much teaching all the African soldiers how to do and to deal with crime in the U.S. -- how to do a heist.

There's a chapter toward the end of the book which is, aside from an opening sentence, entirely a monologue by Parker -- easily he says more words in that chapter than in all the preceding Parker books combined. What he says is believable. That he says as much as he does is less so.
  Disquiet | Mar 28, 2013 |
Parker finds himself the target of warring sides when a group of African nationalists ask him to train them for a diamond heist. Their intent is to steal back part of the national treasury that a corrupt official is sneaking out of the country. Parker is to plan and train only, but his role expands when his woman Claire is kidnapped by another faction to force his cooperation. Another excellent novel in this series by Richaerd Stark (Donald E Westlake). For fun, read this one and then follow it with Westlake's The Hot Rock, the 1st Dormunder novel, also dealing with African nationalists and diamonds. ( )
  Leischen | Nov 13, 2012 |
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Parker walked into his hotel room, and there was a guy in there going through his suitcase laid out on his bed.
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A corrupt African colonel has converted half his country's wealth into diamonds and smuggled them to a Manhattan safe house. Four upstanding citizens plan to rescue their new nation by stealing the diamonds back—with the help of a “specialist”—Parker, that is. He has the best references in town. Will Parker break his rule against working with amateurs and help them because his woman would be disappointed if he doesn’t? Or because three hired morons have threatened to kill him and his woman if he does? They thought they were buying an advantage, but what they get is a predated death certificate.


“Crime fiction stripped down—as it was meant to be. . . . Oh, how the pages keep turning.”—Philadelphia Inquirer


“Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”—Los Angeles Times

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Emissaries from a small African nation ask Parker to help them steal back half of their country's wealth in diamonds.

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