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The Black Ice Score: A Parker Novel

The Black Ice Score: A Parker Novel

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The Black Ice Score: A Parker Novel

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3/5 (58 valoraciones)
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129 página
Publicado:
May 1, 2011
ISBN:
9780226772813
Formato:
Libro

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A corrupt African colonel has converted half his country's wealth into diamonds and smuggled them to a Manhattan safe house. Four upstanding citizens plan to rescue their new nation by stealing the diamonds back—with the help of a “specialist”—Parker, that is. He has the best references in town. Will Parker break his rule against working with amateurs and help them because his woman would be disappointed if he doesn’t? Or because three hired morons have threatened to kill him and his woman if he does? They thought they were buying an advantage, but what they get is a predated death certificate.

“Crime fiction stripped down—as it was meant to be. . . . Oh, how the pages keep turning.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”—Los Angeles Times

Publicado:
May 1, 2011
ISBN:
9780226772813
Formato:
Libro

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  • (4/5)
    I listened to this published by BBC Audio. Good reader, the same as previous ones, I think.

    This varied from Parker's usual heists in that he was brought in as a consultant. All the great action & twisty plot, though. Excellent as usual.
  • (4/5)
    Parker finds himself the target of warring sides when a group of African nationalists ask him to train them for a diamond heist. Their intent is to steal back part of the national treasury that a corrupt official is sneaking out of the country. Parker is to plan and train only, but his role expands when his woman Claire is kidnapped by another faction to force his cooperation. Another excellent novel in this series by Richaerd Stark (Donald E Westlake). For fun, read this one and then follow it with Westlake's The Hot Rock, the 1st Dormunder novel, also dealing with African nationalists and diamonds.
  • (4/5)
    Definitely not one of my favorite Parker books. Too little Parker and so many foreign characters, it was hard to keep track of just who was who and what side they were on. Surprised at the abrupt ending
  • (3/5)
    “The Black Ice Score” happens to be my least favorite of the 24 Parker novels (having read all but 6 of them). It is written in the same tight, professional manner as the other Parker novels, but the premise was a bit goofy. This novel begins in a similar manner as “The Jugger” with Parker being approached by different groups of persons who all seem to think he knows what the game is when he hasn’t a clue. It turns out a dictator (president) of a small newly-founded African nation knows he will soon be run out of power and transferred the country’s treasure into diamonds which he hid with his brother-in-law in New York, but another group from that country wants the diamonds. They are soldiers and spies and diplomats, but they are not professional thieves and they want Parker to train them to grab the diamonds. It felt a bit comic and light for Parker to be dealing with these disparate groups of nonprofessionals and walking them through how to pull off a caper. This is not to say that it is a bad story or not worth reading. It just felt as if it were a notch below the other Parker novels. This is a review of the audio version of the book.