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Nobody Runs Forever

A Parker Novel

With a New Foreword by Duane Swierczynski
Nobody Runs Forever opens a three-part saga with a job at a poker game that sours into a necktie party. When Parker goes in on a messy scam—stealing an armored car—with someone he barely knows, as usual the amateurs get in the way of the job. From a nervous ex-con and his well-intentioned sister to a bank manager's two-timing wife and a beautiful, relentless cop, too many people have their hands too close to Parker's pie. Even when he sees the job turning bad, he can’t let go of the score—and there just might be nowhere left to run...

304 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2004, 2017

Fiction

Reviews

“Fiercely distracting . . . . Westlake is an expert plotter; and while Parker is a blunt instrument of a human being depicted in rudimentary short grunts of sentences, his take on other characters reveals a writer of great humor and human understanding.”

John Hodgman | "Parade"

“Although Parker keeps his cool to the bitter end, it will probably be some time before he can pick up a hymnal without cringing.”

Marilyn Stasio | New York Times

“A cliffhanger. . . . A one-two punch . . . [with] impact and velocity.”

James Wolcott | New York Times

“You just can’t get good criminal help these days. That’s what Stark’s heist-meister Parker quickly discovers as he tries to make a score to repair his sagging finances. . . . Stark offers lots of bleak fun as well as intriguing physical details of the illegal variety and righteously sharp descriptions of people we pass every day on the street. . . . This stellar series just gets better and better.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Stark’s careful control over every element results in a fascinating novel, a look at the true price of crime, and an opportunity to enjoy another book by this master writer.”

School Library Journal

“Blazingly written. . . . From the necktie party beginning to the flap-flap of police helicopters on his trail at the end, it’s another thrill ride worth staying up all night and calling in sick tomorrow morning for, you nine-to-five bandit, you.”

Austin Chronicle

"Richard Stark’s Parker crime novels are the ultimate page-turners."

Jonathan Ames | The Boston Globe

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