Re: RARA-AVIS: First lines from Stark's Parker books

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 03 Jun 2002

William Denton:
> These are all the first lines from the Parker books by Stark. All but one
> opens with the word "when." You folks with the rest, can you check the
> others? I wondered why 11 is different, but maybe some others are too.
> Of these, I think my favourites are 1, 5, 18 and 20.

> #1 HUNTER: "When a fresh-faced guy in a Chevy offered him a lift,
> Parker told him to go to hell."
> #2 THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE: "When the bandages came off, Parker
> looked in the mirror at a stranger."
> #3 THE OUTFIT: "When the woman screamed, Parker awoke and rolled off
> the bed."
> #4 THE MOURNER "When the guy with the asthma finally came in from the
> fire escape, Parker rabbit-punched him and took his gun away."
> #5 THE SCORE "When the bellboy left, Parker went over to the house
> phone and made his call."
> #7 THE HANDLE "When the engine stopped, Parker came up on deck for a
> look around."
> #11 THE BLACK ICE SCORE "Parker walked into his hotel room, and there
> was a guy in there going through his suitcase laid out on his bed."
> #17 COMEBACK "When the angel opened the door, Parker stepped first
> past the threshold into the darkness of the cinder block corridor
> beneath the stage."
> #18 BACKFLASH "When the car stopped rolling, Parker kicked out the
> rest of the windshield and crawled through onto the wrinkled hood,
> Glock first."
> #19 FLASHFIRE "When the dashboard clock read 2:40, Parker drove out of
> the drugstore parking lot and across the sunlit road to the
> convenience store/gas station."
> #20 FIREBREAK "When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing
> a man."

There used to be a web page that only had all the first lines from the Parker books. I have looked for it recently and haven't been able to find it so it probably doesn't exist anymore. Mark

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