Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Dame by Richard Stark
(pb; 1969, 2012: second novel in the Grofeld series. Foreword by Sarah Weinman.)
From the back cover:
"An occasional conspirator in Parker heists, Alan Grofeld is everything Parker isn't: charming, funny and easily distracted by dames. But Parker and Grofeld are both great at what they do -- steal. And even when Parker isn't around, Grofeld manages to get himself into sticky situations. The Dame follows Grofeld to Puerto Rico, where he takes up a job protecting a rich, demanding woman in her isolated jungle villa. When events take a deadly turn, Grofeld must reluctantly assume the role of detective."
Shortly after the events of The Damsel, Grofeld's south of the border roadtrip continues, though this time a murder mystery - with him as the caustic-witted main suspect - flavors the fun, action-punctuated proceedings. Like every Stark work I've read thus far, Dame is worth owning.
Followed by The Blackbird.