Nobody Runs Forever

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Grand Central Publishing, Jul 31, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Master criminal Parker is back and in deeper, darker trouble than ever before. The classic anti-hero is forced to use every trick in his dubious arsenal to avoid having to pay the ultimate price for his questionable line of work.

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Nobody runs forever, only until the dogs come out. That's what happens here. Poor Parker! Or maybe poor Stark? RIP Donald Westlake. But Parker lives on! How he gets out of this mess is not ours to know. But rest assured he does. That's the good thing about being a Super Anti-hero: you are essentially immortal, just like all those other Super Fellows and Gals.
Some enterprising individual may one day write appendices to these Parker books to tie up some of the loose ends. If you wonder what happened to Elaine? Did they arrest her? Jake? Did they prosecute him, even though he's "cooperating"?
What happened to Jake's sister (she doesn't act like a Wendy)? Sandra? Did she find the body she was looking for? McWhitney? Did they tap his phone at his bar? Nick Dalesia? Did he get back to his Audi.
And most of all, what happened in a month when they reconvene to retrieve their haul of at least 1.5 million?
Most of these issues are followed in two subsequent books in the Parker series, to wit, Ask the Parrot, and Dirty Money, in that order.
Well, we know what happened to Claire. Nothing. She's the most boring part of Parker's life, but then he has to have some love life, does he not? He may be immortal but he still has human hungers. If only he had passed up that last diner in Massachusetts, he might have made it home. But he was just too hungry to drive on. I guess he never thought of buying a bag of chips and a coke to eat while driving. He would have made it in the car back to their lakeside hideout, actually Claire's home. She has a bigger role in Dirty Money.
I think Parker should adopt a child, show him or her the ropes, how to be a mechanic. Otherwise, his Super Anti-hero life will just end anti-climatically, with a big poof. Or would it be spoof?


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Donald Edwin Westlake (July 12, 1933 - December 31, 2008) was an American writer, with over a hundred novels and non-fiction books to his credit. He specialized in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional foray into science fiction or other genres. He was a three-time Edgar Award winner, one of only three writers (the others are Joe Gores and William L. DeAndrea) to win Edgars in three different categories (1968, Best Novel, God Save the Mark; 1990, Best Short Story, "Too Many Crooks"; 1991, Best Motion Picture Screenplay, The Grifters). In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America named Westlake a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by the society.

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