Richard Stark – The Handle: A Parker Novel (#8)

The Handle

paperback
publisher: University of Chicago Press
published: 2009
pages: 172

Blurb:

In The Handle, Parker is enlisted by the mob to knock off an island casino guarded by speedboats and heavies, forty miles from the Texas coast. (Goodreads)

In (Very) Short:

+ crime novels
+ career criminal as main protagonist
+ fast-paced, action driven, gun shots and explosions, and hard-boiled detective traits

My Opinion:

Although this is the 8th novel in the Parker series or the 8th Parker novel – however that is named correctly –, this is the first one I read. I got this as a present from one of my teachers and I felt like I had to read a quite fast. I wasn’t so sure, but I enjoyed the story and the premise.

Parker is a career criminal who will murder if that ensure his success, yet he lives by his own code. He seems to have no redeeming qualities, yet when I read the story, I wanted to him to succeed.

Parker is paid to heist a casino – a criminal wants revenge on another criminal and Parker is the one to do it.
The story was fast-paced, the characters unknown to me (but appeared in previous books and stories), there was a lot of gun shots and explosions, almost no escape, and a lovely female character that the protagonist is drawn to but can never be with (very hard-boiled detective like).

It was a good and solid read. I rooted for Parker (though not always sure why because he surely was an – insert swear word here –) and I am interested to read some more to get a feel for the stories.

Bottom Line:

A good and solid read with a career criminal as main character.

Rating:

rating 3

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