Ask the Parrot

Ask the Parrot

Book - 2006
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Sometimes mystery master Donald E. Westlake is the author of uproarious crime capers. Sometimes he has a mean streak-and its name is Parker. From his noir classic The Man with the Getaway Face to his recent novel Nobody Runs Forever , whenever Westlake writes as Stark, he lets Parker run loose-a ruthless criminal in a world of vulnerable "straights."

On a sunny October afternoon a man is running up a hill. He's not dressed for running. Below him are barking police dogs and waiting up ahead is a stranger-with a rifle, a life full of regrets, and a parrot at home who will mutely witness just how much trouble the runner, Parker, can bring into an ordinary life.

The rabbit hunter is Tom Lindahl, a small-town lonely heart nursing a big-time grudge against the racetrack that fired him. He knows from the moment he sees Parker that he's met a professional thief-and a man with murder in his blood. Rescuing Parker from the chase hounds, Lindahl invites the fugitive into his secluded home. He plans to rip off his former employer and exact a deadly measure of revenge-if he can get Parker to help.

But Tom doesn't know Parker and that the desperate criminal will do anything to survive-no matter who has to die...
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780892960682
089296068X
Branch Call Number: M STARK R
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 20 cm.

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dhankins22 Sep 08, 2013

after nobody runs forever

hermlou Jan 25, 2011

Parker is running from the police after robbing a bank with 2 other men. He is taken in by Tom Lindahl, who needs help robbing a racetrack. At first I thought the plot was going nowhere, but it quickly picked up speed and became unpredictable and interesting. The reader doesn't know what Parker will do next.

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