Not many men knew what Parker did for a living, because what he did was steal. But Joe Sheer, a retired safecracker-known in the business as a jugger-knew. He knew Parker's alias, his whereabouts, his plans-and because he knew too much, he knew to keep his mouth shut. Or die. But Joe was more than ready to trade what he knew for a soft mattress, windows without bars on them, and what every man needs-his freedom. So Parker had come to Nebraska to find the old jugger-and probably murder him. But what Parker found was trouble: Joe was already six feet under; something very valuable was missing; and somebody was planning a funeral-Parker's. Too bad for somebody that Parker wasn't an easy man to kill.
by Richard Stark
"The Parker series is a standout in the history of noir crime fiction. This entry is the sixth of 24 featuring the ruthless antihero (no first name) Parker, whose profession is criminality with no bones about it--except for those that he buries. Parker's physical appearance and fictional persona is that of a tough and dangerous villain. Various audio narrators have portrayed Parker over the years; Stephen Thorne is particularly effective. His voice is flat and adamant. He portrays various other characters in memorable ways; one sounds like Richard Nixon, for example. But Thorne never allows himself to get in the way of the story: Parker tries viciously to hide behind the identity of his alias. D.R.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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