The Outfit

Author(s): Richard Stark

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You probably haven't ever noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice "everything." That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.


They're thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They're pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you're planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister's heister, the robber's robber, the heavy's heavy. You don't want to cross him, and you don't want to get in his way, because he'll stop at nothing to get what he's after.


Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style--and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency--Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover--and become addicted to.


In "The Outfit, "Parker goes toe-to-toe with the mob--hitting them with heist after heist after heist--and the entire underworld learns an unforgettable lesson: whatever Parker does, he does deadly.

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Richard Stark is one of the pre-eminent authors-and inventors-of noir crime fiction. Stark's Parker novels Comeback and Backflash were selected as New York Times Notable Books 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, mystery Grand Master Donald E. Westlake.

General Fields

  • : 9780226771014
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : BC
  • : Richard Stark