By Richard Stark
Occasionally secret grasp Donald E. Westlake is the writer of uproarious crime capers. occasionally he has a median streak-and its identify is Parker. From his noir vintage The guy with the Getaway Face to his contemporary novel Nobody Runs Forever, each time Westlake writes as Stark, he shall we Parker run loose-a ruthless legal in an international of weak "straights."
On a sunny October afternoon a guy is working up a hill. He's now not dressed for working. less than him are barking police canines and ready up forward is a stranger-with a rifle, a existence filled with regrets, and a parrot at domestic who will mutely witness simply how a lot hassle the runner, Parker, can carry into a regular life.
The rabbit hunter is Tom Lindahl, a small-town lonely middle nursing a big-time grudge opposed to the racetrack that fired him. He understands from the instant he sees Parker that he's met a certified thief-and a guy with homicide in his blood. Rescuing Parker from the chase hounds, Lindahl invitations the fugitive into his secluded domestic. He plans to tear off his former corporation and distinctive a dangerous degree of revenge-if he can get Parker to help.
But Tom doesn't be aware of Parker and that the determined felony will do whatever to survive-no topic who has to die...
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Just tell me what she said, [suspect covers face with hands] DI G: Come on, Paul. Let's hear it. ' And that's when I picked up a knife from the counter and stuck it in her, right there, in the chest. DI G: How many times? [suspect shakes his head] DI G: What did you do then? PC: I ran out of that house. I ran away from there. DI G: What did you do with the knife? PC: Threw it away. DI G: Where? Where did you throw it? [suspect shakes his head, breaking down into tears] The last document in the file was a report from the court- appointed psychiatrist, Dr Helen Graham, who said she had examined Craven on three separate occasions during his remand.
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