The Blackbird by Donald E. Westlake audiobook

The Blackbird

By Richard Stark
Read by R. C. Bray

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

The Alan Grofield Mysteries: Book 3

5.00 Hours Unabridged
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Donald E. Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hardboiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists. Using the same nom de plume, Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker. While he shares events and characters with several Parker novels, Grofield is less calculating and more hot-blooded than Parker; think fewer guns, more dames.  Not that there isn’t violence and adventure aplenty… The third Grofield novel, The Blackbird shares its first chapter with Slayground: after a traumatic car crash, Parker eludes the police, but Grofield gets caught. Lying injured in the hospital, Grofield is visited by G-Men who offer him an alternative to jail, and he finds himself forced into a deadly situation involving international criminals and a political conspiracy.

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Summary

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Donald E. Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hardboiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists. Using the same nom de plume, Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker. While he shares events and characters with several Parker novels, Grofield is less calculating and more hot-blooded than Parker; think fewer guns, more dames. 

Not that there isn’t violence and adventure aplenty… The third Grofield novel, The Blackbird shares its first chapter with Slayground: after a traumatic car crash, Parker eludes the police, but Grofield gets caught. Lying injured in the hospital, Grofield is visited by G-Men who offer him an alternative to jail, and he finds himself forced into a deadly situation involving international criminals and a political conspiracy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Never before has Grofield gone for so many rides with someone else at the wheel.” New York Times
“Stark presents his nonhero Alan Grofield as a highly reluctant almost-hero in [this book] and the wryly humorous role fits him well.” New York Times Book Review
“A pleasure…[Stark]’s ability to construct an action story filled with unforeseen twists and quadruple-crosses is unparalleled.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Energy and imagination light up virtually every page, as does some of the best hard-boiled prose ever to grace the noir genre.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Donald E. Westlake

Author Bio: Donald E. Westlake

Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008) wrote dozens of novels under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, including Richard Stark and Alan Marshall. Many of his books have been adapted for film, most notably The Hunter, which became the 1967 noir Point Blank and the 1999 smash hit Payback.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 5.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English