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The Handle

Richard Stark: The Handle (USA 2009)

From the Publisher:
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. This season's offerings include volumes 7-9 in the series: The Seventh, The Handle, and The Rare Coin Score.

In The Seventh, the heist of a college football game goes bad, and the take is stolen by a crazed, violent amateur. Parker must outrun the cops -- and the killer -- to retrieve his cash. In The Handle, Parker is enlisted by the mob to knock off an island casino guarded by speedboats and heavies, forty miles from the Texas coast. The Rare Coin Score features the first appearance of Claire, who will steal Parker's heister's heart -- while together they steal two million dollars of rare coins.

Richard Stark: The Handle. A Parker Novel. With a new Foreword by Luc Sante. University of Chicago Press, ISBN: 9780226771069 (August, 2009), 176 p., $14.00.






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