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.

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