Breakout

Breakout

Book - 2002
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One Way in. No Way Out. Even master criminals make mistakes. Parker's most recent sin has landed him in prison, where it's only a matter of time before the law uncovers his real name-and the extent of his astounding criminal career. To escape, Parker must ignore one of his cardinal rules and take on the only partners he can find. Yet his fellow convicts demand a price: the moment they get free, they want Parker to help them break into a former armory now storing a mother lode of precious gems. For Parker, the plan includes too many people, too many complications, and too many weak links. But with a potential big payoff just ahead, Parker is willing to jump-out of the frying pan, into the fire, and onto a scheme that will soon pit every man against every other. Just the way Parker likes it...
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press/Warner Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780446678254
Branch Call Number: MYS F STA
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 21 cm

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SCL_Justin Jul 22, 2017

Breakout was my first (non-graphic) novel I've read starring the badass criminal Parker. I've read some Parker stories in Darwyn Cooke's great graphic adaptations, but never one of the Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) originals. This is what I imagine the James Patterson machines/Lee Childs of the world are wishing they were writing.

As far as previous knowledge necessary to start in book 22 in the series, here's what you need: Parker is a badass (I may have mentioned this already). The book opens with a heist going bad and Parker being arrested. He immediately starts making a plan to break out of jail, but he needs a crew. So he makes one, but to get one of the people he needs he has to agree to a job later, which leads to... well a plot that just keeps on ticking over. Even if things don't feel uber-realistic they feel very appropriate for the story. The sentences are simple and the action is clear, never super subtle, but it's just somehow so much better than an Alex Cross story.

If you like crime stories, you should really give one of these a try (and the Darwyn Cooke comic adaptations are also great).

dhankins22 Sep 08, 2013

after firebreak

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