The Seventh (2020)

The Seventh Richard Stark The Seventh Parker the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark s eponymous mystery novels is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir Lauded by critics for his taut realism unapologetic amorality
  • Title: The Seventh
  • Author: Richard Stark
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  • Page: 347
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The Seventh Richard Stark Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor sharp prose style and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as aParker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor sharp prose style and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover and become addicted to.In The Seventh, the heist of a college football game goes bad, and the take is stolen by a crazed, violent amateur Parker must outrun the cops and the killer to retrieve his cash Parker lumbers through the pages of Richard Stark s noir novels scattering dead bodies like peanut shells In a complex world he makes things simple William Grimes, New York Times Whatever Stark writes, I read He s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude El Leonard Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible Washington Post Book World Donald Westlake s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over Forget all that crap you ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust these are the books you ll want on that desert island Lawrence Block
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  1. Kemper

    When Parker goes out for beer and smokes after being shacked up with a woman for a couple of days he s only gone for ten minutes But when he gets back, he finds her dead with a sword Yes, a freaking sword rammed through her Even worse, the money Parker was holding after the robbery of the ticket offices of a football game is gone, and the cops show up minutes later.Parker was responsible for holding the cash for his six partners, and he s not sure if one of them has double crossed him, or if som [...]

  2. Richard

    Seven books into the series, the Parker books have no business being this good The stories are so simple that one would expect them to be too formulaic and repetitive But with plot supermaster Richard Stark at the helm, this is not the case He s always so effortlessly creative when it comes to weaving a plot and he makes this book the best Parker novel so far in the series In this one, rather than detailing the setup of a complicated heist, we begin after the crime, as Parker holes up with the m [...]

  3. brian

    this one starts just after the heist parker s stashed the boodle in his closet until the heat cools down and then he ll distribute it evenly amongst his six partners day three in hiding, parker heads out for coffee, and upon his return, discovers that someone has plunged a sword through his naked girlfriend s chest and the bed she was lying on no biggie , and has taken all the loot way biggie parker s gotta figure out if it was one of his team or an outsider and then catch the thieving bastard a [...]

  4. Greg

    One of the things I find enjoyable about the Parker novels, as opposed to some other pulp like series novels I ve read, is the way Stark mixes up the manner he tells the story Yes, there is a predictability to the novels The reader contemporary reader, the reader reading this series when the books first came out might have had some doubts about the resolution, the flippant way that Stark allows characters to be killed off made it possibly possible that someone might think that any one of the new [...]

  5. Dan Schwent

    Parker and six other rob a football stadium for a pretty impressive haul, entrusting Parker with the take Days later, Parker leaves his apartment to get beer and cigarettes and returns to find his girl murdered and the money missing Can Parker get back the money before the cops get him Over the past seven books, I ve found that the best stories are the ones that stray from the usual Parker formula This one is no exception Instead of pulling off a heist, Parker is primarily occupied with figuring [...]

  6. F.R.

    When Parker signed on for a heist at a college football game a chance to get himself back on his feet the actual robbery went perfectly It was the afterwards that was the problem Three days later the money had gone, Parker s latest squeeze was dead and there was someone taking pot shots at Parker himself There are some men who would run and hide at that turn of events Parker, of course, isn t one of them.So another story where Parker plays detective, but this one actually shows the limits of the [...]

  7. Harold

    Short and to the point Like going to see a movie Total entertainment Tough guy stuff What s not to like

  8. Benoit Lelièvre

    The premise is great as usual.A robbery happened after a robbery, leaving Parker and his single serving buddies penniless and angry, so Parker is looking for the double crossing traitor who made out with the money and killed his woman The setup is great too, typical cold, incisive, nobody trusts each other underbelly where Parker is so great at outwitting everyone The problem with this book is that it kind of falls over itself in the last act, where Donald Westlake feels obligated to introduce e [...]

  9. Jane Stewart

    4 stars Entertaining Surprising things I laughed several times It starts slow but good later.Authors Here s a great example of how to create a stupid but smart character who does wacko things This guy really made the story Had me laughing with surprise I liked being in his head when he was thinking why he had to follow Parker Because if he wasn t always behind Parker, Parker might get behind him He would have been smarter just to leave town, but he doesn t for weird reasons, and I bought it.Cops [...]

  10. Mark

    Parker my favorite rather anti social criminal is shacking up with some lady who dies rather harshly when the big fellow steps out for some beer and cigarettes two days after successfully finishing a rather well paying heist This story is not so much about the heist but the aftermath when Parker finds his girlfriend very dead and the cash he kept in the apartment is gone This book is about Parker finding out what happened with the money and the girl, especially in that order, and about the seven [...]

  11. David Schaafsma

    The Seventh was originally called The Split Both titles frefer to the same thing Seven people pull of a heist, and they are supposed to get a split, a seventh of the total take Though it is also probably intentionally named this because this is Stark s seventh Parker book, too This is the trailer for movie version of The Split, 1968 with Jim Brown, Ernest Borgnine, Gene Hackman, Donald Sutherland, Julie Harris, Jack Klugman youtube watch v mAiCmYeah, this is what heist films looked like in 1968 [...]

  12. William

    Also titled Seventh ebook with Hoopla audioParker screws up in this one reality These Parker stories aren t fantastic, but they are sell well written that the read is very enjoyable without author condescension My source for these stories are paperbacks available from openlibrary internetarchive many thanks to the contributors.

  13. Tosh

    In that neat style, The Seventh is not only No 7 in the Parker series, but also deals with 7 crooks sharing loot 7 ways and when someone outside the system screws up how that seven becomes meaninglesswell, till the end because nothing screws up for Parker on a permanent level And that is the beauty of the Parker series It reads like oatmeal every morning and you are always happy after the meal It is sort of the perfect airplane read but without the guilt because these books are superb To review [...]

  14. Richard

    I love the momentum of these stories, the clean style, and the sheer relentlessness of the Parker character Plus, there s something subtly strange about all of the books I ve read thus far in the series I always picture them taking place on cold, gray Fall days, with skeletal trees and steam rising from vents, and this bleakness creeps into my gut as I m reading All of a sudden I find myself thinking, Man, these are some soulless motherfuckers, completely driven by fleshly desires, and then I th [...]

  15. David

    The heist itself is an afterthought in the seventh Parker novel because all the problems come after the fact After the robbery goes flawlessly, Parker is in charge of guarding the loot until time comes to divvy up with his partners, but when he steps out for ten minutes to buy beer and cigarettes, he steps back in to find the money gone And his girl dead, too What follows is typical Parker as problem solver up until the point when Parker s judgment fails him and makes a colossally brazen and unn [...]

  16. JP

    Character driven, tightly plotted, ageless authenticity, detailed without dragging, this is how it s done Someone somewhere should be teaching this book It s a master class I can t wait to read another Parker book.

  17. Ed

    I d rate The Seventh up there with The Hunter as the best reads in the Parker the Thief series from Richard Stark a k a Donald Westlake I was taken with his descriptions, pace, and gang s characters Reading The Seventh is like watching a smart, tense action movie Enjoyed over several nights.

  18. AC

    When I am working on a difficult writing project, these kinds of book ease the stress This one s pretty good Part II, ch 4 all dialogue show that Stark is really gain mastery of the form, here at age 33.

  19. Steven

    This seventh Parker novel is a beaut One of the things I m really enjoying as I reread all these Parker novels is the way that Stark Westlake varies the formula from book to book The style has the same forceful elegance And Parker is the perfect mix of amorality and practicality There are heists and complications from within the crew and antagonists from without There s the four part structure, with the third part in the POV of the antagonist These are the staples of a Parker novel But StarkLake [...]

  20. Sam Johnson

    A great one In his introduction, Luc Sante says that the books all but read themselves That s pretty good, and true I read the first 40 pages on a Friday night and the rest on Saturday morning I found myself covering the last sentences of chapters with my hand, so my eyes wouldn t light upon the terrific sentences that propel the plot This one is especially good and the first in the series I think in which Parker laughs Of course, it has a perfect last sentence.Ever hear mathematicians go on abo [...]

  21. Joe Santoro

    This one is a little different from the other Parker books it doesn t focus on the heist which is a piece of cake , but rather the aftermath, where everything goes sour lots of sweet and sour references Much like the other books, we get to know the players just enough to have some feeling about them before they step off the stage those the absence of some of the recurring characters was felt by me, at least The title and ending were both very clever, I thought, in keeping with the fact that it s [...]

  22. Ricky

    I have never read so many books in one series, apart from Goosebumps The tagline on the cover is all wrong the stadium heist was the lead up to this story and was briefly described It is actually about Parker tracking down the loot which was stolen from him a few day later I don t like how his giant hands receive less and less page time as the series progresses, but he is still as bad a as ever Richard Stark has my absolute favorite writing style, and his candid descriptions of people are unpara [...]

  23. JamesLove

    The heist of a college football game receipts goes perfect The getaway not so much All Parker had to do was lay low for a few days with the loot and the guns But a craving for beer and cigarettes, a jealous ex boyfriend and a murdered girl changes the rules of the game Parker becomes the prey of two hunters one is a cop out to solve a murder and regain the loot the other a narcissistic killer in this noir thriller.The interesting thing about this one is that the proceeds fron the football game w [...]

  24. P

    Another one that mixes up the recipe The job goes off without a hitch, but when the boodle is stolen from Parker he finally loses his cool spoiler Parker doesn t like to lose his cool.

  25. Charles Dee Mitchell

    It s an elaborate heist that requires a crew of seven to pull it off But it works, and Parker and his men make off with over 100,000 dollars in proceeds money from an Ivy League football game Until the heat dies down and the team can reassemble for the seven way split, Parker keeps the money and the guns at his woman s apartment For Parker it hardly matters who this woman is Approaching a job, Parker slips into an asexual mode with no interest but the upcoming heist After a job, he s insatiable, [...]

  26. Randy

    Parker had only left the apartment for ten minutes to get cigarettes and beer He d been there for three days with the loot and guns from his latest job waiting for the heat to die down Then he was to meet with the other six to split the proceeds.Now Ellen wasn t answering the door, When he kicked it open, he found Ellen dead, run through with one of the swords from the wall and pinned to the bed s headboard The two suitcases of cash were gone as well.Then the two cops came in behind him Once he [...]

  27. V.

    A very fast, relentless read, but also a very short book More of a novella, really.The story and the writing are as action packed as ever, but this time the plot turns on an odd ex boyfriend who stumbles in on Parker and steals his money almost by accident The way Parker deals with the problem is his usual single minded M.O and the dealings with the police and with the other members of the gang are very entertaining My only reservation was that the cause of all the problems was a fairly clueless [...]

  28. Alex

    This is the original hard boiled tough guy Stark Westlake writing as Stark boils the essence of a smart no nonsense tough guy down from the work of the greats that wrote detective and crime fiction before him, and created Parker Forget the movies you may have seen be they timeless classics or modern dreck and do yourself a favor and read these If you like crime fiction you have to check these books out The Chicago Press has re released them in sharp stylish new paperbacks that are inexpensive an [...]

  29. Matt

    A fantastically spare, hard boiled novel Parker gets robbed after robbing a college football game Parker goes for revenge The plot isn t complicated in the least, but Parker s a magnetic character, and seeing him work is a joy Just excellent.

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