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Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) Books $2.66 Each (US) [Amazon] (Suspense)

Three books by Donald Westlake using the pseudonym of Richard Stark for his Parker series.

About the series:

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You probably havenít ever noticed them. But theyíve noticed you. They notice everything. Thatís their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellersí work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack. Theyíre thieves. Heisters, to be precise. Theyíre pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If youíre planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heisterís heister, the robberís robber, the heavyís heavy. You donít want to cross him, and you donít want to get in his way, because heíll stop at nothing to get what heís after. Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Starkís eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir.
Descriptions below from Fantastic Fiction.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/s/richard-stark/

#1 The Hunter

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Doublecrossed, shot, and left for dead - by his wife..The thriller that introduces Parker. "A brilliant invention". Played by Lee Marvin in the John Boorman movie. "The funnies call it the syndicate. The goons and hustlers call it the Outfit. You call it the Organization..But I don't care if you call yourselves the Red Cross, you owe me forty-five thousand dollars and you'll pay me back whether you like it or not."

#2 The Man with the Getaway Face


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When the bandages came off, Parker looked in the mirror at a stranger. He had come in to the doctor with a face that the New York syndicate wanted to put a bullet in. Now he was going back out with a face that they were going to learn to fear. It cost him a lot. But it would be cheap at twice the price if it kept him alive while he did what he had to do. And what he had to do was steal. Because a new face couldn't keep Parker from his old life of crime and kicks...where money was there for the taking, and where nobody did it better than Parker.
#4 The Mourner

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The statue wore white and grieved. Parker wasn't interested in its sentimental value. The thief cared more about retrieving a certain gun that came with it, the one he had used in a previous crime that could incriminate him. By the time Parker comes face to face with the 16-inch-tall alabaster figurine called The Mourner, he knows that stealing it for a rich man and his beautiful, amoral daughter is the least of his worries. New players are coming in every minute, from strutting syndicate boys to a fat man with a heavy accent who is lighter on his feet than he looks. Now in a deadly, treacherous endgame, Parker will find out who intends to bury whom-and why no one will be crying over his grave.
#5, The Score, is still free, as mentioned in this thread.

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It was an impossible crime: knock off a huge plant payroll, all the banks, and all the stores in one entire city in one night. But there was one thief good enough to try-Parker. All he needed was the right men, the right plan, and the right kind of help from Lady Luck.The men and the plan were easy; Lady Luck was another story. She turned out to be a good-looking blonde with a taste for booze and eyes for Parker. And Parker knew this chilling caper could either be the perfect crime...or a set-up that would land him in jail-for life.
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