RE: RARA-AVIS: Query for the Choir: Ed McBain, John D. MacDonald, Lawrence Block, Others

From: Patrick King (
Date: 15 May 2010

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    Has anyone mentioned Westlake? Can't go wrong with the first Richard Stark/Parker book, The Hunter (AKA Point Blank). And The Ax is highly recommended.


    I think the last 3: NOBODY RUNS FOREVER, ASK THE PARROT, & DIRTY MONEY are the best in the series. They're where I started and I couldn't stop. Certainly the early books are entertaining. But the last three are masterful pieces of work. I could no more stop reading after the end of NOBODY RUNS FOREVER than I could leave a half eaten lobster. I think those last 3 books may be the greatest caper story ever written.

    Patrick King


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