Monday, May 16, 2011
A Template for Parker?
I've only skimmed it but the book has Parker written all over it. Donald Westlake/Richard Stark has this trick of explaining how professional thieves live and work that makes it seem as if he is letting us in on their secret rules - peering into how their guild operates. I have no idea how thieves operate but the way Parker operates feels like it has to be real and true. It is utterly convincing. (And really - other than what we learn from books, movies and televsion, what do most of us know about crime?) Turns out, according to this book, Westlake nailed it. The only significant difference is how Parker is so anti-social/always puts himself first. But that just makes him a better character.