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.

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