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The Score (Parker Series #5) - Richard Stark, John Banville An amateur named Edgars hires Parker, Grofield, and ten others to help him with an outlandish plan: to rob an entire North Dakota town! Things go smoothly until it turns out Edgars has ideas of his own...

After reading five of the Parker novels, I figured out why love them so much. It's two aspects: Parker's superb ability to plan heists and trying to figure out how the inevitable double cross is going to go when it happens. The Score illustrates this nicely. As usual, Parker's cruel professionalism drives the story. Even though you know Edgars is going to be a problem, you have no idea how big of a problem he'll be until the big reveal.

Yet another home run from Richard Stark and Parker.