Re: RARA-AVIS: Fissures in hardboiledness

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 28 Apr 2002

> I think the latter is the answer, at least initially. Everything happens
> fast; Grofield brings the woman. At the hideout, Parker asks her some
> questions to see if she is tough enough, and if the answers turn out
> he plans to throw her over a cliff into a canyon (I think this is about
> right). What is out of character -- if you want consistency across the
> series -- is that Parker would work with Grofield again after such an
> unprofessional gaff. > Maybe out of character as well is Parker's rescue
attempt of Grofield in
> Butcher's Moon.

Yet he leaves him wounded in Slayground. In spite of that Parker seems as fond of him as his personality allows. I think there are several reasons he doesn't kill her. Grofield gaurantees him he will control lthe girl, who has nobody close. The robbery was in a remote area that Parker never is likely to revisit. The girl's attitude and her answers. impress Parker. Parker does not like to kill unless he regards it as necessary. It seems after his facelift Parker is unconcerned with hiding his identity except for occasionally changing his name. Every crook, at least, seems to know the location of the house he shares with Claire, but still lives there. Mark

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