Master criminal Parker takes another turn for the worse as he tries
to recover loot from a heist gone terribly wrong. Parker and two cohorts
stole the assets of a bank in transit, but the police heat was so great
they could only escape if they left the money behind.
Now Parker and his associates plot to reclaim the loot, which they hid
in the choir loft of an unused country church. As they implement the
plan, people on both sides of the law use the forces at their command
to stop Parker and grab the goods for themselves.
Though Parker's new getaway van is an old Ford Econoline with "Holy
Redeemer Choir" on its doors, his gang is anything but holy, and Parker
will do whatever it takes to redeem his prize, no matter who gets hurt
in the process.
The New York Times - Marilyn Stasio
The nice thing about the rather nasty stories Richard Stark (a k a Donald
E. Westlake) writes about a career criminal named Parker is that none
of the significant characters is ever innocent. Which is why it's so
easy to laugh when their intricate schemes begin to unravel…Parker gives
criminality another shot in Dirty Money, under pressure from Sandra
Loscalzo, an aggressive bounty hunter who's even less trustworthy than
the killers and con men she stalks for a living.
Richard Stark has been hailed as one of the inventors-and one of the
true masters-of noir crime fiction. Stark's most recent Parker novels,
Comeback and Backflash, were each selected as a New York Times Notable
Book 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, the mystery Grand Master Donald E. Westlake. To learn
more about the author, you can visit donaldwestlake.com.
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