Slayground

Slayground The hunter becomes prey as a heist goes sour and Parker finds himself trapped in a shuttered amusement park besieged by a bevy of local mobsters There are no exits from Fun Island Outnumbered and ou

  • Title: Slayground
  • Author: Richard Stark Charles Ardai
  • ISBN: 9780226770925
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • The hunter becomes prey, as a heist goes sour and Parker finds himself trapped in a shuttered amusement park, besieged by a bevy of local mobsters There are no exits from Fun Island Outnumbered and outgunned, Parker can t afford a single miscalculation He s low on bullets but, as anyone who s crossed his path knows, that definitely doesn t mean he s defenseless NobodyThe hunter becomes prey, as a heist goes sour and Parker finds himself trapped in a shuttered amusement park, besieged by a bevy of local mobsters There are no exits from Fun Island Outnumbered and outgunned, Parker can t afford a single miscalculation He s low on bullets but, as anyone who s crossed his path knows, that definitely doesn t mean he s defenseless Nobody tops Stark in his objective portrayals of a world of total amorality New York Times Energy and imagination light up virtually every page, as does some of the best hard boiled prose ever to grace the noir genre Publishers Weekly

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    1. He leaned against the wall beside the window and watched the gates. Very soon now, the hunted was going to become the hunter.After a botched armored car robbery (hint - when pulling a heist, make sure your wheelman is well vetted), Parker grabs the loot and heads for the nearest refuge - a closed-for-the-season amusement park. Before long, the place is surrounded by crooked cops and mobsters. They want the money, and they want Parker DEAD. Now it's Parker, with four bullets in his gun, versus fi [...]

    2. to hell with y'all and all your crummy new years resolutions: 'lose weight, stop smoking, go vegetarian (<--although, that you should do!), be more/less adventurous, etc' boring. totally boring. my resolution: gonna read every one of richard stark's 'parker' novels this year. and they're all gonna be those lovely gorgeous knockout new U. of Chicago editions. y'know what lemme throw a few more chips in the pot: i'm gonna read all the ones currently available - that's 15 of 'em - this month. an [...]

    3. I didn’t realize this for a long time but my first exposure to Parker was in the movie loosely based on this book starring Peter Coyote that ran on cable a lot in my teen years. I only vaguely remembered it, mainly for it’s use of George Thorogood’s Bad to the Bone in the early scenes of the movie. (Thank you for writing that song, George. If it weren’t for you, there would have been countless film and television scenes where we would have had no clue that the character was ’bad’ wit [...]

    4. June 2017 Review: Rereading with a group. I'm surprised so much time has passed since I last listened to this. Parker is put into a seemingly impossible situation & the action never stops. The situation & solutions are very realistic, too. No superman antics. A lot of hard thought & patience punctuated by ruthless action. My comments on Ardai's foreword still mostly stand, save that I liked it better.I don't think Ardai did it on purpose. IIRC, he was asked to write something about t [...]

    5. The armored car heist would have gone without a hitch if Parker hadn't been saddled with a second-rate driver. Now Parker's holed up in an amusement park that's shut down for the winter. Only mobsters and crooked cops are after the $73,000 Parker has from the heist and know where Parker isThe non-standard Parkers are some of my favorites and this is one of them. We only get to see the aftermath of the heist. The rest is one long cat and mouse game involving the park's attractions between Parker [...]

    6. If you liked the movie Home Alone and could do without the comedy bits then you might be interested in trying Slayground, the fourteenth Parker novel by Richard Stark. A relatively easy job just bungled by the poor driving of a second rate wheelman Parker knew he shouldn't have brought on to the job. Stuck near an amusement park as police arrive he jumps the fence to the park and finds himself stuck with only one possible exit and mobsters descending on the back looking to relieve him of the loo [...]

    7. One of the best Parker books. It opens a little slowly and then slams into what is generally called a thrill ride. Trapped in a closed down amusement park with killers "stalking" him. The account(s) of Parker moving through the closed rides and booths, trying to find something he can "use", the picture of him searching for a place to hid the loot (mcguffin?) all come together to give you a sort hold your breath story.It's one of those that you kind of go Whew once you finish it.I find myself a l [...]

    8. The late Donald Westlake is another one of those authors who's been praised to skies (especially after his death) and whose work I've been meaning to check out--again.I can't remember which Westlake book it was that I tried first--something with Dortmunder in it, I think. It had to be Dortmunder because that was his comic character and Westlake was trying so hard to be funny. Ha ha, I said, and put the book down without finishing it.Then I read all those glowing post-mortems on Westlake's career [...]

    9. This is the fourteenth entry in Richard Stark's excellent series about Parker, the amoral criminal whose carefully-laid plans almost always come undone because of some unforeseen accident or because of an act of carelessness by one of the other crooks involved in the plan. In this case, it's the getaway driver who screws everything up. This is not the driver that Parker would have prefered, but it's the driver that Parker had to settle for. And it's Parker who will now have to pay the price.Park [...]

    10. The non-standard Parkers are not my fav type of a Parker book, i enjoy the heist planning,the build up,the betrayels and so on most. But this one was amazing,so different,such a thrill reading Parker stuck in an amusement park with mobsters chasing him,his 72 000 dollars. Great sparse,lean prose as usual, makes me think of Hammett in the best Parker books.Parker was shown not to be invincible in that he was weakened in his usual tough body by the weather,his other problems. I also liked how it w [...]

    11. Wow!!!!! I was surprised and so impressed with what Parker did to outsmart these guys. It’s scary and suspenseful.A normal person would be helpless, but not Parker. I read a lot, and I think I’m hard to surprise, but this one did it. This book is a great example showing how Parker is a brilliant strategist with keen insight into others.I usually don’t like “first person” stories. This is an example of how rich a story can be when you don’t use first person, because you get inside oth [...]

    12. Quick and very entertaining read about Parker trying to evade Mafia hoodlums in a fairground where there is only one exit and he has to improvise regarding weapons. 14th in the series but hardly any reference to previous books so fine to read as a standalone. How no-one has managed to make a decent movie of this, I don't know as the story seems to be ideal for that. Having read the first three Parker books, I have skipped to book 14 and am going to read books 14 to 16 in sequence finishing off w [...]

    13. Parker and two accomplices rob an armored car. Their driver flips the getaway car on an icy road, and Parker, along with $73,000 in a duffel bag, is the only one to walk away from the accident. He is near the entrance of Fun Island, an amusement park closed for the winter. From here, Richard Stark throws himself onto thin ice of coincidence and a style of flashy plotting her seldom indulges. Two cops see Parker enter with the bag, but since they are in the process of getting the monthly pay-off [...]

    14. I probably liked/disliked this book for completely polar opposite reasons than most reviewers. I thought the claustrophobic feel of Parker being trapped in a “fun” amusement park and the entire setting of this to be a major plus of the book. I mean, here is Parker with nowhere to go, nowhere to run. Outmanned, with only one means of escape. He’s in quite a jam. This really heightens the tension really from the opening moments. Where this book excels is giving you a clear picture of Parker [...]

    15. Some what a departure from the previous novels. It's all about the unfortunate aftermath to what would have been an otherwise successful heist.Parker is trapped in an amusement park closed for the season. Needless to say - he survives to continue on in this excellent series. It's how he survives that makes this interesting and different.

    16. Cornered like a rat in a maze, Parker is stranded in a closed amusement park after an armored car robbery turns sour. Mobsters, thugs and half-assed cops are waiting to get one over on Parker but little do they know the hunters will be become the hunted.Slayground is top notch. By maxing out creativity and fun in this entry, Stark (Westlake) hits a home run as this book is by far one of the most unique offerings in the series. Let's stop and think about it for a second a career criminal trappe [...]

    17. I prefer to read novels knowing as little as possible about them going in, so Slayground represents a special achievement for me: I began reading the often-discussed, often-praised fourteenth Parker novel knowing absolutely nothing about it--I even managed to tune out the illustrations on the cover of the Chicago reprint (except for the always-present Big Gun). So, in that spirit, I'm not going to tell you anything about it, either.

    18. I love the Darwyn Cooke comic book adaptations of the Parker novels but have never read one in the original prose-only format. Slayground jumped out at me as the place to start partly because that’s the next one Cooke’s adapting and I want to see the difference between the original and the adaptation, but also because of the delicious setup. Parker is a master thief who, alongside two accomplices, one of them his longtime partner Grofield, knocks over an armored car and makes off with $73k. [...]

    19. A great story told with incredible economy. Sub 200 pages and Stark manages to cram in a complicated web of corrupt cops, an up-and-coming gangster, a mob boss, a platoon of hired guns and- stuck in the middle of it all- Parker, with a bag of stolen cash and no easy way out.If you've seen the movie version of Slayground, with Peter Coyote as the Parker character, be aware that this is similar but different. No Mel Smith for a start. Still features a closed up funfair showdown though, with traps [...]

    20. In this claustrophobic tale, it is wintertime and yet another job goes wrong for Parker, who is forced to hole up with a satchel full of money in a closed amusement park to try and outwit his local mob pursuers, and eventually escape with his life, if not his money. An easy read, though definitely not my favourite Parker book; kind of got fed up even before the end. This one also has the most instances of 'son of a bitch' and 'goddam' I've read in a while. I tell you, the mouths on those mobster [...]

    21. Most everyone’s consensus favorite as Parker novels go and I can see why. Trapped in a closed-for-the-season amusement park, Parker is hunted by a seemingly endless supply of killers. The environment allows for countless ways to outsmart and outmaneuver his adversaries. Very enjoyable but my favorite of the “classic” Parkers remains The Black Ice Score.

    22. The title "Slayground" is a takeoff from the phrase "Amusement Playground." It is the fourteenth Parker novels, following "Deadly Edge" and preceding "Plunder Squad." "Lemons Never Lie" comes between "Slayground" and "Plunder Squad," but that is really one of the four Grofields, not a Parker. "Slayground" is the flip side to the Grofield novel "Blackbird." Parker, Grofield, and another guy pull off an armored car heist and the car flips over in the getaway process. Grofield ends up in the hospit [...]

    23. Wow! If there ever was a book in the series thus far that should be made into a movie, this would be the one. This time we see Parker in a thriller in which he has to use his ingenuity to try and escape from an amusement park surrounded by Mafioso and crooked cops. I would consider this to be a non-standard Parker story, seeing as how the heist is only a couple of pages long and is only used as a setup for the rest of the book. Parker is pushed to the extreme and… well, you'll just have to rea [...]

    24. Parker quickly figures out the mob is going to come after him, and the cash, but the amusement park is a trap, with only one gate. The bulk of the story involves Parker taking on twenty goons inside the park.There’s no question of Parker’s surviving. Richard Stark (Westlake) has painted him as a machine. He’s smarter and more ruthless than anyone else, so he’ll make it. No, the fun is in how. Westlake isn’t going to let Parker off easy.Read my full review here: jamedibiasio/2017/03/1

    25. I was a little underwhelmed with Parker #14. Maybe I expected a little more but I found in 'Slayground' that I didn't really care about Parker's battle against his adverseries. The concept and plot was interesting but there was so much set up before the big showdown that I began to grow a bit weary as Parker booby-trapped the playground.What I did admire and found engaging was when the narrative focused on the police and the hoods. I was actually more interested in their back story than in the a [...]

    26. I thought that this was among the weaker books so far in the Parker series. Again, the caper is a minor part of the story, most of which involves Parker's hiding in an amusement park and the search for him in it. Of course, Parker has a lot of confrontations over the course of the book, but it just didn't have the overall appeal of most of the books in the series.

    27. Bound: A Six Pack of KickassA Half Dozen More Heist Books from Richard StarkSunPost Weekly August 5, 2010 | John Hood bit/doqxmvGotta luv the folks at University of Chicago Press. Not only have they decided to bring back Richard Stark’s belovedly badass Parker novels, but they’ve been doing so in sequence, with a niftily packed series that smacks back to the ’60s beginning and — Zeus-willing — won’t let up till its 21st century end.The beginning, for those few who don’t know, was T [...]

    28. I was greatly anticipating Slayground, which is widely considered one of the very best Parker novels by fans. That may play a small role in why I was let down, but it's more the novel itself than anything else. I found it to be a lesser Parker caper, with a great setup that didn't amount to much. This time, Parker is part of an armored car robbery that falls apart during the escape when the getaway car crashes in a relatively deserted part of town. With his crew (including returning player Alan [...]

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