Richard Stark ~ Blackbird

just finished reading the last of three Alan Grofield vehicles by the Donald E. Westlake nom de plume, Richard Stark: The Blackbird, Grofield as a reluctant spy (they’d otherwise bust him for the armored car heist-gone wrong he’d just partnered on with Parker, whose POV of the aftermath features in Stark’s Slayground) who knows some bigwigs in Third World politics (see The Damsel, The Dame) sent in to find out what’s up and ending up with a lot of bloodshed. really more of a novel-length chase scene, a la North By Northwest. masterfully done, but you miss a lot of opportunities for Grofield’s snappy repartee.
great, though.



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