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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 offWhen 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 heister’s heart—while together they steal two million dollars worth of coins....

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  • Dan Schwent
    2019-04-03 02:37

    Parker gets involved in a caper to rob a coin convention. Complicating matters are an attractive young woman and Billy Lebatard, the man who came up with the operation that happens to have a crush on her. Can Parker pull of the heist without the situation unravelling?The Rare Coin Score was one of the best Parker stories I've read yet. Throwing Claire into the mix gave it a little something extra that set it apart from some of the other stories. Parker with a woman in tow? It sets up plenty of future complications for our amoral anti-hero.As always, Stark came up with plausible ways to pull off the heist without a lot of suspension of disbelief, a hallmark of the Parker stories. Since most of Parker's heists get botched somehow, that part wasn't the surprise. The joy was in finiding out what happened and how Parker handled it, as it always is.You can't go wrong with Richard Stark's Parker. Go get reading!

  • Kemper
    2019-03-30 01:05

    This is the book where Richard Stark (a/k/a Donald Westlake) quit opening every Parker book with the word ‘When’ so I can quit trying to be clever and starting all my reviews the same way. (And none of you even noticed. I work and slave over a hot laptop all day and this is the thanks I get!)Parker doesn’t need money for a change, but he’s getting bored and restless as he aimlessly travels the country bedding down every woman he can get his hands on so he’s glad to get a call about a planned score. However, when Parker arrives in Indianapolis, there’s a lot wrong with the job. It’s been initiated by an amateur who has a plan to loot a convention hall of coin dealers, and the supposed professional who is helping him just got out of the joint and has a bad case of the jitters.Parker would pass on the job, but he gets very interested in Claire, a beautiful and smart woman in on the caper. It’s unusual for Parker to get his head turned by a woman, but he finds himself planning the job to keep her interested. As usual, there are hitches in the plan, but this one has some unexpected twists including Parker’s growing attachment to Claire. It’s very odd for the blunt and unemotional thief to show more than a passing interest in anyone or anything outside of the job, but in Claire he’s found someone who understands his nature and doesn’t let it bother her.But Parker hasn’t gone soft either. As usual, I find his interactions with other people hilarious. Here’s Parker talking to a guy named Wemm about some work he needs done for the robbery. They’ve already agreed on a price and when it will be finished but the guy begins complaining about how much trouble it will be:Parker sat back. “Can’t you do it?”“Sure I can do it.”“Then what’s all the talk?”Wemm spread his hands. “I want you to understand the problems we got to face here.”“Why?”“What’s that?”“Why do I have to understand the problems you got to face here?”“Well -”Wemm blinked…..”Damned if I know.”You gotta love Parker’s social skills.

  • Ed
    2019-03-27 01:37

    This top-notch Parker caper comes from the mighty pen of Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald Westlake). What a shame there will be no other titles. This time Parker, the most hardboiled of American thieves, decides to throw in with a motley crew heisting a rare coins convention. Of course, things never go as planned no matter how carefully he sets up the job. This is the job where Parker meets his loyal and smart lady friend Claire who has a key role. It's a thrill to see how Parker thinks on the fly and manages to keep on going, or else there would be no further Parker adventures. Kudos and thanks to the University of Chicago Press for reprinting the Parker novels in handsome paperback.

  • Jim
    2019-04-22 01:38

    The foreword by Luc Sante is excellent in most ways. He describes Parker's character very well & gives a very good overview of the series. Unfortunately, it contains a lot of series spoilers. Since I was driving & it wasn't a single track, I couldn't really skip it. This is the publisher's fault. Luke mentions that it's been 23 years since the previous book, so that has to be the break between Butcher's Moon #16 (1974) & #17 Comeback (1997). This book is #9! I guess Audio Go just decided it would go as well here as on book #17. It didn't. You guys suck.The story itself was perfect Parker, except he breaks a lot of his rules. Why & how it all plays out makes for a great adventure. Very much character driven & they all were painted quite well.

  • Mark
    2019-04-21 05:58

    Parker gets involved into a score that involves rare coins, the crew involved does not gets his hopes up and he has to figure out himself how to really do the job. The pay off could be great if it all works out.Parker meets Claire for the first time and she kind of breaks his usual cycle of doing things which kind of surprises Parker. For the first time since his wife herself killed and almost got him killed Parker meets somebody that has an effect on how he acts and reacts.The story is not a love story, it is about a heist that is done well weren't for some actions that changed the outcome. Parker as always remains his cool and battles on.A book you really want to finish in one sitting/reading. A really good and interesting heist novel, a genre in which Parker is easily one of the best.Well advised to read, even if it would be better when you start at the beginning of the series and work you way through them.

  • James Thane
    2019-04-04 07:49

    First published in 1967, this is another book in Richard Stark's (Donald Westlake's) Parker series that has long been out of print and unavailable. Happily, it has now been resurected and republished by the University of Chicato Press.In this book, Stark's amoral protagonist plots the theft of a couple of million dollars (that's 1967 dollars!) worth of rare coins from a coin collector's convention in Indianapolis. He devises a fairly ingenious plan, the execution of which sadly depends on some unusually undependable confederates, including one rank amateur who is the insider on the caper. Inevitably things will go wrong as a result, and Parker is left scrambling to save himeself and the loot.This is another taut, stripped-to-the-bone, entertaining read and, for those who follow the series, it's this book in which Parker finally meets Claire, the woman who will be his long-time lover. Fans of the series will certainly enjoy it, and for those who haven't read the series, this is a particularly good book in which to meet Parker.

  • Greg
    2019-04-05 00:45

    In Parker's ninth outing he knocks over a coin convention. He also acts a little less like a sociopath robot and a little more like a sociopath human. Parker still likes to sit in dark rooms though when no one is around and he still knows that others might find this to be a little weird so he denies himself this one pleasure in life by leaving a light on when he knows someone is going to drop by. This novel is better than the last couple of Parker adventures.

  • Lynn
    2019-03-31 04:45

    Parker's bored with the easy life between jobs and breaks several of his self-interest rules when he involves himself with amateurs. I guess if he didn't break a few rules he might get stale as a character, but no sign of that happening. Excellent Parker story.

  • F.R.
    2019-04-15 01:00

    Stark - when writing about Parker - is one of those authors (like Wodehouse or Chandler) who really inspires me. There is a brutal simplicity to the prose that beautifully captures the character and keeps the plot going at a cracking pace, even when the characters are just sat around and planning. I pretty much end every Stark novel wanting to go away and write beautifully taut prose about a strong amoral character. (I haven't done it yet, but one day...)The plots (again like Wodehouse) are fairly interchangeable. Parker gets involved in a job, he plans it out, despite his best efforts it goes wrong and Parker has to unleash mayhem to get himself out. Even the structure is the same across the books, with the first two parts involving planning, the third part bringing other characters into play and the final part covering the aftermath. And it works each and every time.It's probably not quite top level Parker (the endings of these books can sometimes be rushed, as is the case here) but it's still a great read.

  • Andre
    2019-03-26 07:04

    Parker stumbles upon a group of fellow thieves that are planning to rob a group of coin collectors and sellers of their rare an valuable possesions. With Parker onboard, the plan starts to take form and seems possible, but once all the wheels are in motion, the heist goes south. Parker is left scrambling for the door with the dame (Claire) in his wake.I really don't need to elaborate further on Parker or even this specific novel in the series, others have already done a much better job of this.It is yet another fine example of the quality of this series.This novel was written in 1967, the same year as The Green Eagle Score which I am reading back to back. Think that Donald Westlake could just conjure up these highly entertaining stories is amazing. He was truly a master of the genre.

  • Erik
    2019-04-16 23:51

    "Parker spent two weeks on the white sand beach at Biloxi, and on a white sandy bitch named Belle, but he was restless, and one day without thinking about it he checked out and sent a forwarding address to Handy McKay and moved on to New Orleans.”

  • Charles Dee Mitchell
    2019-03-26 07:46

    Early on this reads like the novel where Richard Stark decided to provide details on Parker’s sex life that would merit the forty years worth of steamy pocketbook covers the books bore before University of Chicago Press took the series on. It is also the novel where he takes up with Claire, a love interest who will be around for a while. Being Parker’s girlfriend will be a balancing act. Late in the story Parker gives Claire two options. She knows she’s taken the right one when he doesn’t kill her.The heist involves ripping off a convention of coin dealers. Parker doesn’t like the set up. Billy Lebatard, the coin dealer who sets things in motion, is a jittery amateur. Parker would have walked away had he not been brought in by Lempke, a professional he trusts. But Lempke has “been inside” for the first time in his long career. He’s broken and maybe too desperate for a score. For Parker the mechanics of the heist become too intriguing to turn down, and then there is Claire.Stark creates a crew with a broad range of weaknesses. He allows Lempke an internal review of the situation.Parker was cold and solid, and Lempke knew it was only that coldness that was keeping the rest of them together. Billy wanted to fall apart under pressure, he wanted it the way a torture victim wants to die. Lempke himself felt the weakness of age and worry lapping at the edges of his mind. Otto Mainzer, a crazy man, a destroyer, was being held in check by the authority of Parker…All he had to do, Lempke told himself, was hold on. Parker was running things, and doing a good job of it, all Lempke had to do was obey orders, act the way his own training and experience told him to act, and everything would come out fine.Things go spectacularly wrong. Parker has to use brutality and intelligence to come out on top. And with the girl.

  • Alecia
    2019-04-01 02:38

    I miraculously found this one book in the Parker series that I had not read. It was a pleasure (mixed with sadness that there will be no more) to read this, as Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake) was a master at terse, concise writing in the noir genre. This is a vintage piece (I believe written in the 60's), so some of the allusions to women need to be taken in their context of the period. That being said, this is the novel when Parker meets Claire, who turns up again in many subsequent books. It is the usual Parker tale of an intricately planned heist gone wrong. This one, as the title indicates, is a theft of rare coins, and their "inside guy" is particularly inept (and also hopelessly in love with Claire). I don't know how he did it, but with a rare ability to paint a character's portrait in just a few vivid, descriptive words, Stark was able to flesh out this motley crew in a most enjoyable manner.

  • Harold
    2019-04-06 02:54

    I'm hooked on this series.

  • Mukesh Rao
    2019-04-11 02:53

    This was my first book by Richard Stark and certainly not going to be the last. No wonder people call him the master of good old fashioned crime noirs. This one is about Parker getting involved in a rare coin heist and is a great read. Claire makes her first appearance in this book.The book is just 13 odd pages long and I managed to read this one in two days flat.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-04-05 07:06

    3 ½ stars. Engaging. Some slightly different characters this time.Needy childlike Billy loves Claire the widow who sees Billy with contempt. This book was slightly above average but still worth reading because the series is great. I don’t want to stop reading them.The Forward by Luc Sante was insightful. A few of his comments follow, edited for brevity. “When I read my first Parker novel, I was stunned. I imagined that I had stumbled upon a particularly brilliant specimen of a thriving genre. But I was wrong. There is no such genre... Stark said that he meant the books to be about a workman at work. Process and mechanics and troubleshooting dominate the books. Stark portrays a world of total amorality. It is never suggested in the novels that robbing payrolls or shooting people who present liabilities are anything more than business practices... As brilliant as Parker is as a strategist, he is nothing short of phenomenal at instantly grasping character. This means that he sometimes sounds more like a fictional detective than a crook. In order to decide which path the double crosser he is pursuing is most likely to have taken, or which member of the string is most likely to double cross, or the odds on a reasonable sounding job that has just been proposed to him by someone with shaky credentials, he has to get all the way under the skin of the party in question.”The narrator John Chancer was good. I liked his voice for Parker.THE SERIES:This is book 9 in the 24 book series. These stories are about bad guys. They rob. They kill. They’re smart. Most don’t go to jail. Parker is the main bad guy, a brilliant strategist. He partners with different guys for different jobs in each book.If you are new to the series, I suggest reading the first three and then choose among the rest. A few should be read in order since characters continue in a sequel fashion. Those are listed below (with my star ratings). The rest can be read as stand alones.The first three books in order: 4 stars. The Hunter (Point Blank movie with Lee Marvin 1967) (Payback movie with Mel Gibson)3 ½ stars. The Man with the Getaway Face (The Steel Hit)4 stars. The Outfit.Read these two in order:5 stars. Slayground (Bk #14)5 stars. Butcher’s Moon (Bk #16)Read these four in order:4 ½ stars. The Sour Lemon Score (Bk #12)2 ½ stars. Firebreak (Bk #20)(not read) Nobody Runs Forever (Bk #22)2 ½ stars. Dirty Money (Bk #24)Others that I gave 4 or more stars to:The Jugger (Bk #6), The Seventh (Bk#7), The Handle (Bk #8), Deadly Edge (Bk#13), Flashfire (Bk#19)DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 4 hrs and 33 mins. Swearing language: none. Sexual content: 5 sex scenes vaguely referred to, no details. Setting: around 1967 mostly Indianapolis, Indiana with some Baltimore, Maryland. Book copyright: 1967. Genre: noir crime fiction.

  • Tim Niland
    2019-04-23 00:42

    Parker, the cold and calculating master thief has a few rules when planning a heist and rule number one is: never work with amateurs. Called to Indianapolis by a fellow crook named Lempke, and allured by a femme fatale named Claire, Parker puts his better judgment aside. Nervous coin dealer Billy Lebetard, anxious to win Claire for himself, has cooked up a scheme to rip off a coin convention and to fence the ill-gotten booty. The setup looks bad: Lempke is just out of jail, weak and scared. The two other men who sign on to the theft are at each others throats. But Parker comes up with an ingenious plan, entering by breaking in through an adjacent building and tying up the Pinkerton guards that are watching the coins. Then, as in every Parker novel, it all goes wrong. The double-cross goes down, shots are fired and Parker and Claire are running for their lives, still not knowing if they can trust each other. Parker is cold as ice throughout, weighing the odds and his actions with a complete lack of sentiment. This was a fascinating and transitional Parker novel, where he has lived an outsider existence for the previous books in the series, he is so smitten by Claire (who would indeed become a recurring character in the remainder of the books) that he takes stock of his life and relationships... but not his life of crime.

  • Sparrow
    2019-04-14 02:38

    You don't learn much about rare coins, I'm warning you. Except that one teenager in Indianapolis is interested in half-pennies from the 1820s. (Or was that the 1830s?) You learn a lot about crime. Or anyway crime in 1967. In Indianapolis. As committed by a brilliant, heroic, somehow Irish-seeming guy named Parker. He is supposedly extremely "cold-blooded," but that's just his demeanor. He's secretly almost wishfully compassionate. But he never ACTS on his compassion. Except, occasionally, when he takes a middle-aged woman hostage. (That scene is the most unexpected in this killingly well-plotted book -- by Donald Westlake, who I once met. Very nice, almost anonymous guy.)

  • John Cain
    2019-04-20 03:58

    For those who like hard boiled crime novels this is most likely already on your books I have read list. If it is not then it soon should be.It is a somewhat typical Parker caper but as with all Richard Stark books better than most crime novels.If you are looking for deep psychological thrillers this not what you want. If you are looking for deft prose and smooth delivery of a plot pick up the book. Of the crooks who survive some reappear in Butchers Moon, the most complex of the Parker books.

  • V.
    2019-04-21 02:50

    As fun to read as ever, but another very short book. The caper is as inventive and as doomed as you'd expect, but still lots of cleverness and tension. Parker's banter with the new girl is nicely handled, although I can't say I'm going to miss her when she turns up dead at some point (it's bound to happen isn't it?). I like the fact that he seems to be changing as a character, not quite the automaton of the earlier books, but I hope he doesn't get too soft.

  • Kenneth
    2019-03-28 02:50

    Stark hits a high point with this Parker novel about a heist of a coin convention. It's the first appearance of Claire, the most significant woman in Parker's life after his first wife, a woman for whom he's willing to break a number of his rules when it comes to mixing sex and work (though it should be noted his feelings for Claire do not prevent him from fucking other women). I rank this among the very best of the series.

  • Tosh
    2019-04-02 02:43

    Parker gets a girlfriend novel. Enjoyable as wicked fun, but not his best. Maybe because it feels like a formula or another clog in a series - but still, its a form of literature that will please one, if stranded in the desert or in a boring hotel. Therefore it is sort of a masterpiece.

  • Ed [Redacted]
    2019-04-12 07:54

    Another solid if unspectacular Parker novel. Notable in that this is the introduction to Claire. It's a bit of a reach for Parker, violating a couple of the rules he lives by but hey, love and all that stuff.

  • Dave
    2019-04-13 07:00

    “The Rare Coin Score” is the ninth Parker novel by Richard Stark (aka Westlake). I am probably going to sound like a broken record in saying that, like all the books in the Parker series, it is a terrific, fast-moving crime thriller. Here, the caper is the robbery of a coin dealers convention from a hotel ballroom. There could be as much as $2 million worth of rare coins there, although it is not like cold hard cash (or is it?) and it has to go through a fence who knows how to handle such material (or perhaps one of the coin dealers at the convention). The coins have to be handled gently because, if you throw them all in a bag, they will get scratched and marred and lose quite a bit of their value. The coins are also quite heavy, unlike paper money. Of course, being a Parker novel, there are double-crosses and problems to contend with such that even the Pinkertons guarding the coins at night are the least of the crew’s headaches.What stands out about this caper is the crew that is organized to do it, a crew that needs a well-organized, professional leader – Parker. One member of this crew becomes a recurring character through many of the succeeding Parker novels (Claire). If you have read any of the later Parker books, you know Claire and you know that Parker has a long- term relationship with her, but the Claire you meet in this book (before everything that happens here) is unlike the Claire you meet in succeeding books. This is a tough-nosed, hard-edged bombshell who manipulates the soft captive coin dealer (Billy) involved in the caper like any good femme fatale would. This story is smoothly written and just flows off the pages. It is filled with action and intrigue. Novels such as this one thoroughly cemented Westlake’s place as a top-notch crime fiction writer even though he published it under his alter ego, Richard Stark.

  • Luke Sims-Jenkins
    2019-03-26 03:07

    Enter Claire, the woman who will be Parkers flame from here on in. Richard Stark's the Rare Coin Score is another wickedly amazing heist novel from the Grand Master. There are over 20 Stark novels and never does the formula get old, cliched or boring. He tweaks it every time just enough for a book to be the same yet different.This time he and some other criminals plan to rob a rare coin convention, but there is an amateur in the mix and a woman. Parker breaks a couple of his rules and goes through with the heist, but rarely do things run smoothly. In the Rare Coin Score we know something is different, he likes Claire, or he likes her about as much as a guy like Parker can like anyone. This effects him in ways we haven't seen before and this aspect of the novel gave it a different kind of freshness. She's a good addition and I think (and know) she's good for him too.High recommendation.

  • Sam Johnson
    2019-04-20 00:03

    Another well-oiled machine of a crime novel. Many fine Stark moments, such as this: "We wait until eight o'clock and then you go rent a delivery van.""Why me?"Parker looked at him. "Because that's your job," he said.Of course Parker is looking at him: he's speaking to him. But that extra sentence is a good way to convey Parker's annoyance and slight surprise at being questioned. There's one of these on every other page. I love these books.

  • Caleb
    2019-03-24 00:53

    By far one of the shortest Parker books in the series so far, but no less great. A thrilling, non-stop heart pounding adventure into the clinically-wrought world of American literature's greatest criminal.

  • Maddy
    2019-04-05 03:40

    RATING: 3.5

  • David JosephMikels
    2019-04-24 07:55

    Parker is my role model. The king of cool

  • Alex Gherzo
    2019-04-17 23:42

    Having decided to read horror books exclusively throughout October, as I did last year, when I finished my last book I had a few days before I could officially start the haunted celebrations. I needed a quick read, so I grabbed the latest in my go-to quickie series: Richard Stark's Parker. The Parker novels are quick, fun reads, the perfect way to fill up time between scheduled reading (which isn't to lessen their worth by any means; being short and sweet is part of their charm). But, here I am on the 29th of September with two days to kill before beginning my trek through the macabre. The Rare Coin Score is possibly the best Parker caper yet, and I read it faster than I had anticipated. This time, Parker becomes involved with a plot to rob a rare coin convention, but the most interesting part of this book is that Parker does something we never thought possible: he falls in love.Well, okay, maybe not quite love (it's still Parker we're talking about). But just the same, something is strange in Parkerville. Spoilers follow...When the novel begins, Parker is out of sorts. He's sleeping with woman after woman, but it never seems to satisfy him. Deciding that getting back to work may bring him out of his funk, he gets in touch with his go-between to the underworld, Handy McKay, and gets connected to the robbery of the title. But during the introductory process, he meets Claire. And he likes her. A lot. Parker begins doing something he never does: having sex during a job. It was a steadfast rule with him in the past; he remained celibate during the planning and execution of a robbery, and afterwards he found a woman and celebrated for a while. But he desires Claire and cannot wait until the job is over. He tries to reason it away, saying he's doing it to keep her satisfied and focused on the score, but he knows that's not true. During the planning stage, the setup and the score itself, he instructs her on the proper way to be a criminal, and while he does so harshly at times (well, all the time, really), there is a hint of affection as well. He also remarks that he hasn't wanted a woman the way he wants Claire since his late wife, Lynn. I hesitate to call it love, however. He slaps Claire a couple of times when she freezes during the robbery (which, as always, goes wrong). True, it was to save her life, but he could've probably handled it better. When he's offered sex by a female hostage, he takes it without seeming to even think of Claire. And, most damning of all, he contemplates killing her when it seems she may go to the police and tell them everything to ease her conscience. He says he really doesn't want to, which is a small step for Parker (who, when he kills, does it coldly and efficiently, as he does every other part of a job), but it's not quite what I'd call love. Still, he clearly has feelings for Claire and wants to be with her beyond the robbery. He's not sure for how long, but he wants to find out. He even arranges it so that she'll be cleared of any wrongdoing in the crime, and while there is a certain amount of self-interest at play (if they get to her, they can get to him), he also seems to genuinely want to spare her from a life she doesn't want. Their agreement, that he would keep his work separate from his relationship with her, is one I look forward to Stark exploring down the line. And the ending, where he waits in his car outside the hotel where they agreed to meet to make sure she hasn't alerted the police, is really kind of sweet. He's hoping she hasn't betrayed him, not just so he doesn't have to run but because he wants her to want to be with him the way he wants to be with her. For all the mocking he did of Billy (who also desired Claire), Parker is in the same exact boat. He just doesn't show it because he's too badass for that. Who'd have guessed Parker had a heart?The actual plot is great too. Once again, Parker is dealing with a team of clashing personalities, each of whom he has to keep in check. And, inevitably, someone will betray the group and try to make off with the loot. I was genuinely surprised at who it was, though. I was suspecting Mainzer (as was everyone, I imagine), or maybe Billy in a bout of jealousy, but bringing French back to try to hijack the score was brilliant. I thought he was being saved for another novel, particularly because Parker respected him so much. He turned out to be one of Parker's better adversaries.The Rare Coin Score was a real treat. Not only a good plot, but a rare insight into Parker's personality. It even humanizes him without betraying his character. Of course the series should be read from the beginning (this book would have much less impact on someone who didn't know Stark's Parker from Peter Parker), but the ninth Parker book is a real highlight. Now, to find some magazines until October 1st.