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The Blackbird Donald E Westlake writing as Richard Stark offers the third Alan Grofield novel of suspense Grofield is a part time actor but the rest of the time he s a thief But in this advernture no one is giv

  • Title: The Blackbird
  • Author: Richard Stark
  • ISBN: 9780881501759
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Blackbird By Richard Stark, Donald E Westlake, writing as Richard Stark, offers the third Alan Grofield novel of suspense Grofield is a part time actor, but the rest of the time he s a thief But in this advernture, no one is giving Grofield the privilege of being asked if he d like to heroically die for his country.

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    1. As virtually all crime fiction fans know, Richard Stark was one of the several pseudonyms used by the prolific author, Donald Westlake Writing as Stark, he was best known for his series featuring the amoral criminal known as Parker which ultimately ran to twenty four novels As Stark, Westlake also wrote four novels featuring Alan Grofield who appeared in several of the Parker novels as Parker s sidekick.The Blackbird is the third of the Grofield novels and, in an interesting move, shares a first [...]

    2. One reason that the Parker novels are superior to the Grofield novels is that, over the long haul, it s pleasant to spend time with a sullen sociopath than a smartass In The Blackbird, Grofield s schtick begins to wear thin around page 100, but the book has than enough action and intelligence to keep you going.

    3. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter substance that influences our sensation of pleasure, among other things The Blackbird, by Richard Stark a pseudonym used by Donald Westlake , offers up its literary equivalent generating sensations of pleasure with each fast moving chapter.Featuring Alan Grofield, a witty, and for the most part, non violent thief who is included in several Parker novels by the same author, this story is a fun romp that is a bit of a stretch in terms of credulity Nevertheless, it s [...]

    4. Grofield was in trouble AgainE BLACKBIRD and the Parker novel, SLAYGROUND, share the same first chapter The pair are hitting an ard car on a country road The job was cursed from the beginning The driver they d lined up didn t make it, arrested by a redneck cop, and they d had to recruit local talent Good driver, but to nervous Fleeing the scene, with the police a mile away, he drove too fast into a turn, rolling the car Parker slips out with the money, Grofield is unconscious, the driver dead.Wi [...]

    5. What is it with these Alan Grofield novels and their far fetched, unlikely plots This is a character that seemed great in the Parker novels, and him having his own adventures seemed like a good idea, but so far I must say I m disappointed About the only interesting thing about this book is the very beginning, where Grofield is pulling a heist with Parker Stark used the same chapter to open Slayground, only this time it s told from Grofield s point of view, and not Parker The book is an easy read [...]

    6. More like 3.5 stars but I m rounding up The Blackbird s opening chapter is almost the same as the first chapter of Slayground from the Parker series While Slayground follows Parker, Blackbird follows Grofield, who is caught and then offered his freedom in exchange with helping an unnamed agency of the US government So Grofield is off to Quebec, where he s supposed to report on a meeting of third world leaders which just happens to involve characters from the two previous Grofield novels And ther [...]

    7. One thing I love about Westlake is how he often seems to be amusing himself by playing with the genre and formalist conventions of the pulp novel but he never does so in an ostentatious manner Observant readers will note that THE BLACKBIRD has almost exactly the same first chapter as SLAYGROUND While Parker winds up in an amusement park in that novel, Grofield wakes up in the hospital, and soon finds himself shanghaied into a job as an agent for the US government, deep undercover in rural Canada [...]

    8. Alan Grofield, who supports his life as theatre actor with scores made as a professional thief, is captured during the same getaway that opens the Parker novel Slayground Thankfully Grofield is offered a way out by a federal agency due to acquaintanceships established in his previous adventures A meeting of nefarious people representing nefarious nations is taking place in Quebec, and no one seems to know why Grofield becomes our government s last ditch attempt at discovering what it is This see [...]

    9. Two roads converged with an ard car heist And sorry he could not travel both, Richard Stark aka Donald Westlake decided to follow both anyway One road pushes Alan Grofield to become a reluctant spy with the threat of prison It reconnects Grofield with some of the characters he met in his previous solo outings and gives us the full Grofield spectrum self interested, sarcastic, and self indulgent to extremely capable view spoiler I really enjoyed the clear decision by Grofield to kill the four Ame [...]

    10. Alan Grofield is a character who has humor than the Parker character, but who still is capable of some violence Unlike Dortmunder in the Donald Westlake books, Grofield is than a bumbling criminal caught in capers that take very bad, humorous turns But Grofield doesn t have the sharp, amoral attitude of Parker, a character who has absolutely no humor In my opinion, the Parker novels by Richard Stark work much better, but The Blackbird is a fast paced Grofield caper Because of the times in whic [...]

    11. Blackbird is my favorite Grofeld novel thus far not only is it humorous, action packed, James Bond esque and tightly written, it also ties other elements including some of their intriguing characters from previous Grofeld books into this fast moving tie together story, which is attention getting from its first word to its last Like every Stark work I ve read this is worth owning.Followed by Lemons Don t Lie This review originally appeared on the Reading Writing By Pub Light site.

    12. Such a great change of pace from the Parker novels and a spy story that is constructed in such a way that you are not rooting for the bad guy like in the Parker series but you re rooting for the least bad guy among all the bad guys.

    13. Richard Stark s novels may not be deep, but they re extremely competent palate cleansers with no pretensions.

    14. The Blackbird is the third of four Alan Grofield novels by Donald Westlake s alter ego, Richard Stark There are four Grofield novels in all, The Damsel, the Dame, The Blackbird, and Lemons Never Lie The Vlackbird is the weakest of the four Grofield was a minor character in a couple of Parker novels specifically the Handle The Parker series consists of 24 novels about a tough as nails thief Grofield is also a thief, but a different kind of character Grofield lives in a small midwestern town and h [...]

    15. The Blackbird is the third of four Alan Grofield novels by Donald Westlake s alter ego, Richard Stark There are four Grofield novels in all, The Damsel, the Dame, The Blackbird, and Lemons Never Lie The Blackbird is the weakest of the four Grofield was a minor character in a couple of Parker novels specifically the Handle The Parker series consists of 24 novels about a tough as nails thief Grofield is also a thief, but a different kind of character Grofield lives in a small midwestern town and h [...]

    16. This starts with the same incident as Slayground, the 14th Parker book Parker gets away deals with his issues Grofield winds up dealing with his own in this book damn, but he deals It was neat the way Stark worked him into international espionage since that s about the last situation anyone would ever expect Grofield to show up His practicality rivals Parker s he is much likable witty about it It s the best of the 4 Grofield novels, IMO It does rely on the first 2 for its setup, so read in orde [...]

    17. This was the last Richard Stark book I had left to read I finished with the Grofield novels, which were not nearly as good as the Parkers, although, I must say, Grofield was a good foil for Parker I would have liked to have seen novels with the both characters But, alas, Grofield didn t make to the 1970s.

    18. Regaining consciousness in a hospital room after an ard car heist goes wrong places Grofield in a position to be blackmailed into spying for a shadowy arm of the U.S intelligence network He can fulfill his mission, or be sent to prison Several leaders from third world nations are secretly meeting in Quebec The U.S wants to know why Grofield is the perfect candidate for this assignment because he s previously met two of the principals.This novel shares the same first chapter as Slayground, but fr [...]

    19. An ard car heist run jointly with Parker goes awry, and the two try to scatter before the law shows up While Parker winds up spending the night in an amusement park, Grofield is not so lucky He wakes up in a hospital bed with CIA goons in attendance They ll overlook the ard car job if he ll play spy for them in exotic, erQuebec Representatives from several fictional Third World countries whom Grofield just happens to know are gathering, and the CIA needs to know why.The writing s like Westlake w [...]

    20. Gosh darn it I just don t know about these Grofield books For me, they are Stark s Westlake s attempts at the spy espionage genre However, Alan Grofield is no James Bond or Matt Helm or even Maxwell Smart The plots and characters are silly without comedic elements and a former actor turned heistman does not fit well into the hero character for these stories An element that would have made these Grofield books better is a strong villain I m talking about a cold, calculating, former KGB, tattooed, [...]

    21. Third of the four Grofield novels, this one is similar in tone to the previous two Grofield is pulled into international politics, against his will as usual, and has to try to save his skin This one shares a chapter with SLAYGROUND, which is a Parker novel, and they have some other similarities cold weather, one man vs many, surviving only by your wits, etc.Grofield is a compelling protagonist, but this is really just a play on the secret agent formula, and I m glad Stark Westlake decided to sto [...]

    22. The actor thief Grofield is forced to be a spy for the US He is sent to Quebec to infiltrate a gathering of Third World strong men in order to find out what s going on The book is dumb, the plot is ridiculous and it moves forward and is enjoyable inspite of itself There are quite a few problems One is the changing temperment, sometimes he is a fun loving tramp, a smart ass, and then near the end he goes does something that is so cold hearted, even Parker his sometimes partner would take pause.

    23. 2.5 starsGrofield and international political intrigue Fun read, but it doesn t quite work Added.5 star because Grofield amuses me This book shares a chapter from the Parker series Slayground and answers the question as to what happened to Grofield.

    24. 3 in the Alan Grofield series Alan Grofield series An ard car heist run with Parker goes awry, and the two try to scatter before the law shows up Grofield wakes up in a hospital bed with CIA goons in attendance They ll overlook the ard car job if he ll play spy for them in Quebec Representatives from several Third World countries are gathering, and the CIA needs to know why.

    25. Alan Grofield is unlucky in scores He gets caught by the cops, recruited to help an unidentified government agency, and gets tossed into international intrigue He uses his wits, and his experience to prevail, though.

    26. AKA Alan Marshall, Alan Marsh, James Blue, Ben Christopher, Edwin West, John B Allan, Curt Clark, Tucker Coe, P.N Castor, Timothy J Culver, J Morgan Cunningham, Samuel Holt, Judson Jack Carmichael, Richard Stark, Donald E Westlake

    27. This is much better than the previous two Grofield books I think the major difference is that this one actually felt like he was being put into danger, while the other felt like the author was just having fun with him.

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