Monday, September 08, 2014
Deadly Edge, by Richard Stark
(pb; 1971, 2010: thirteenth novel in the Parker series. Introduction by Charles Ardai.)
From the back cover:
"Deadly Edge bids a brutal adieu to the 1960s as Parker robs a concert, and the heist goes south. Soon Parker finds himself - and his woman, Claire - menaced by a pair of sadistic, drug-crazed hippies. Parker has a score to settle while Claire's armed with her first rifle - and they're both ready to usher in the end of the Age of the Aquarius."
The darker-than-usual sensibility that set the tone for The Hunter and The Sour Lemon Score is also evident in Deadly, another hard-to-set-down crime thriller that has some particularly torture-giddy (if amateur) villains. Still cut-to-it and not for the sentimental, Deadly is one of the bloodier books in the Parker series and an excellent one at that.
Followed by Slayground.