Ask the Parrot (Google eBook)

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Grand Central Publishing, Nov 23, 2006 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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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Review: Ask The Parrot (Parker #23)

User Review  - Matthuvius Manhandlinglambs - Goodreads

Love the economy of these Parker novels. This one's a bit longer than most, but Stark's prose is still compact and muscular. Loved the chapter told from the parrot's POV. Read full review

Review: Ask The Parrot (Parker #23)

User Review  - Debbie J - Goodreads

Ask the Parrot finds Parker on the lam because the job he and his cohorts pulled in Nobody Runs Forever has hit a messy detour. In exchange for shelter during the massive manhunt, Parker's all but ... Read full review

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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

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