Search Results: "Richard Stark"


BOOK REVIEW

STARK by Edward Bunker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2008

"Ellroy's introduction pronounces this fledgling effort, presumably written around 1970, 'a prophecy of the fine writer Mr. Bunker would become.' Strike 'fine,' exactly the wrong word for Bunker's real gifts, and that description is spot-on."
This recently discovered first novel by Bunker (1933-2005), who wrote his way out of prison with a series of tough-guy novels and memoirs (Education of a Felon: A Memoir, 2000, etc.), hints at both the accomplishments and the limitations of his later work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARK REALITY by David Poulos
Released: April 26, 2011

"A one-sided but entertaining, inventive actioner."
Special-ops honchos choreograph one meticulous caper after another to find a kidnapped arms dealer in this boisterous thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOBODY RUNS FOREVER by Richard Stark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 23, 2004

"A little too much situational bumbling better suited to one of the Dortmunder plots of Stark's alter ego, Donald E. Westlake. Still, if you want to make a killing, Parker's your kind of guy."
Unrepentant antihero Parker (Breakout, 2002, etc.) breaks yet more laws. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACKFLASH by Richard Stark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 1998

"Donald E. Westlake), like his outlaw hero, is never less than professional, and he supplies the fastest 300 pages you're likely to read this year."
When a road crash leaves Marshall Howell trapped in a wrecked getaway car, his partner, master thief Parker, has to decide whether or not to kill him before he skedaddles with their $140,000 haul. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARK RAVING NAKED by Richmond Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An often entertaining novel that might have benefited from a hearty edit."
Lewis' debut novel, a farcical mystery, pits an immature newspaper reporter against an angry, conservative town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRTY MONEY by Richard Stark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 23, 2008

"Stark, Donald E. Westlake's more bad-tempered alter ego, breaks his usual rule and gives women—ballsy Sandra and dispassionate Claire—major roles. Not that Parker takes a back seat for a minute. The man is fiercely conceived, one mean piece of work."
Parker, the world's most ruthless noir anti-hero, engineers a bank withdrawal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ASK THE PARROT by Richard Stark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 23, 2006

"Stark, Donald E. Westlake's more menacing alter ego, flaunts his usual wizardry as unobtrusively as if he were ordering from a fast-food menu. The plot is minimalist, the technique superb."
The perils of aiding, abetting and stalking a career criminal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLASHFIRE by Richard Stark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 21, 2000

"But the author's blithe disdain for plausibility and an unfortunate sequence with paramilitarists would better suit his alter ego Donald E. Westlake's comic capers."
Waiting for his new associates to divvy up the proceeds from a Nebraska bank heist with him, Parker, the toughest professional criminal not behind bars, learns there are no proceeds: The boys plan on using it to finance their next job—stealing 12 million dollars' worth of jewelry in Palm Beach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMEBACK by Richard Stark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 1997

"If you're new to Stark's work, think of all the comic Dortmunder capers he's written under his real name—Donald E. Westlake—but with as baleful an absence of humor as in The Ax (p. 753)."
Following in the footsteps of fellow-thief Bernie Rhodenbarr, Stark's hero Parker returns from a 20-year retirement in this taut caper, which begins with a routine $400,000 heist from the Reverend William Archibald's Christian Crusade (the inside man, Tom Carmody, is an angel who's gotten religion and thinks money is the root of the Rev.'s evil). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD NIXON by John A. Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon's political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it."
A sturdy study of the man ranked at the bottom of many historians' lists of presidents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD NIXON by Conrad Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A massively detailed and generous assessment of a seemingly imperishable politician whose controversial career insures that this won't be the last word."
A lively, hugely sympathetic biography of possibly the most intriguing man to occupy the Oval Office. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAD RICHARD by Lesley Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entrancing portrait of artistic minds confounded by the Victorian Age."
On a cold January day in 1853, diminutive and curious Charlotte Brontë traveled to Bedlam to interview a broken Richard Dadd, one of the most celebrated artists of her day. A correspondence between their minds haunted her and perhaps altered her life. Read full book review >