Between Parker’s 1961 debut and his return in the late 1990s, the world of crime changed considerably. Now fake IDs and credit cards had to be purchased from specialists; increasingly sophisticated policing made escape and evasion tougher; and, worst of all, money had gone digital—the days of cash-stuffed payroll trucks were long gone.
But cash isn’t everything, and now Parker’s after a fortune in jewels. In Flashfire, Parker’s in West Palm Beach, competing with a crew that has an unhealthy love of explosions. When things go sour, Parker finds himself shot and trapped—and forced to rely on a civilian to survive.
© 2000 by Richard Stark
“Parker is in fine form: steely, sardonic, detached. Stark’s acidly funny depictions of Palm Beach and its native fauna are a bonus.”
Amazon.com, editorial review
“All of his admirers, and all aficionados of the hard-boiled tradition, will need this book, which reaffirms its author’s position as one of the most versatile, consistently reliable figures in the recent history of American popular fiction.”
Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“This is great, dirty fun…In the twenty-three-year gap between the twentieth and twenty-first Parker episodes, Westlake has recharged his batteries with a formula he should market to other writers.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“If there was a Mohs’ scale for the hardness of hard-boiled crime novels, it might be aptly named for Richard Stark…Diamond-hard crime fiction.”
Mark Peckham is an actor and director based in Rhode Island. In addition to working with Trinity Rep, Virginia Stage Co., and many Boston-area theaters, he was the voice of Joseph Smith in the award-winning PBS documentary American Prophet with Gregory Peck.