RARA-AVIS: Nobody Runs Forever

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 20 Dec 2004

I finished Richard Stark's new Parker book last night. I enjoyed it well enough, but I also had some problems with it. The plot was more complicated than most Parker books, with a hell of a lot of characters running around complicating things. Although Stark did a good job of juggling those characters, less than halfway through I found myself thinking that the Parker I've known all these years would have walked away from the job long ago. He is too much of a pro to continue with that many random factors ready to screw things up. And then there were even more complications. I almost felt like Parker had stumbled into a Dortmunder plot, but played straight. Yes, Parker and his professional partners were relatively insulated from the amateurs, but the old Parker never would have risked it.

In addition, more and more people are finding out about his, well, Claire's New Jersey home. He would have burned that location several books ago. Perhaps there are changes in store for the series, though. It certainly ends with a few things up in the air. And, of course, I'll be right there to buy the next in the series to see how it plays out.


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