When it comes to heists, Parker believes in some cardinal rules. On this job, he breaks two of them: never bring a dame along-especially not one you like-and never, ever, work with amateurs. Nevertheless, with the help of a creep named Billy, and the lure of a classy widow, he agrees to set up a heist of a coin convention. But Billy's a rookie with no idea how to pull off a score, and the lady soon becomes a major distraction. The Rare Coin Score marks the first appearance of Claire, who will steal Parker's heart while together they steal two million dollars worth of coins.
by Richard Stark
"Antihero Parker is called in to mastermind the dubious plan to steal the entire lot of valuable coins at a collectors' convention in Indianapolis. Here Parker first meets Claire, who later becomes his partner in subsequent novels, making this a pivotal book in the Stark (aka Donald Westlake) series. Stark's plot is tight and filled with tension. John Chancer does an excellent job at matching the pace. But his characterizations are a shade on the gimmicky side. He burdens Parker with an unnecessarily gravelly voice, and his other character depictions come off as clichŽd. Still, some listeners may enjoy this slightly over-the-top narration style. F.T. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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