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Meet Parker, the ultimate professional. Parker is a stone-cold thief, an armed robber who steals thirty grand from a group of arms dealers with the help of mobster Mal Resnick.
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After the heist, Mal pulls a burn on Parker and the other gang members, stealing the money and Parker's wife and shooting Parker before setting the hideout ablaze. Parker survives the conflagration, only to be picked up by the cops for vagrancy.

Cut to a year later. Parker has realized his escape from the prison farm he was sentenced to as a vagrant, killing a guard in the process, and has pursued Mal to New York City. Parker doesn't want much, just his share of the thirty grand...and Mal Resnick's head.

But it's not that simple. Mal used the money to buy his way into membership in "the Outfit," a nationwide crime syndicate, and the bosses of the Outfit sees no reason to give the money back.
Now, Parker must battle Mal, the mob, dirty cops, and a host of lesser criminals in his hunt for the money.
Meet Parker, the ultimate professional.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   Get treasure/money from another criminal Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--bullets    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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