By Richard Stark
Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous secret novels, is likely one of the so much unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded via critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style—and cherished by way of enthusiasts who flip each one intoxicating web page with expanding urgency—Stark is a grasp of crime writing, his books as influential as any within the style. The college of Chicago Press has launched into a venture to come back the early volumes of this sequence to print for a brand new new release of readers to discover—and develop into addicted to.
In The Handle, Parker is enlisted through the mob to knock off an island on line casino guarded through speedboats and heavies, 40 miles from the Texas coast.
"Parker . . . lumbers during the pages of Richard Stark’s noir novels scattering useless our bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a posh global [he] makes issues simple.”—William Grimes, New York Times
“Whatever Stark writes, I learn. He’s a stylist, a professional, and that i completely take pleasure in his attitude.”—Elmore Leonard
“Westlake understands accurately how one can seize a reader, draw her or him into the tale, after which slowly tighten his grip until eventually break out is impossible.”—Washington publish e-book World
“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are one of the small variety of books I learn many times. disregard all that crap you’ve been telling your self approximately War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll wish on that wilderness island.”—Lawrence Block
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The lack of strong, consistent anti-racketeering statutes also made prosecution of these crimes much more problematic in the 1920s than in later years. Adulteration of bootleg alcohol also did not occasion much attention or sympathy from police. During Prohibition, alcohol was an illegal commodity, and police were much more concerned with arresting shippers, importers and (occasionally) consumers than with guaranteeing the quality of alcoholic beverages. In other words, when the market for alcohol was transferred to the informal economy, there was no opportunity to inspect or regulate production.
As one memoir describes, . . , criminal syndicate] . . muscled in on any side: union, management, strikers, strikebreakers. Such labor groups as the plasterers’ union (in which Louis Capone and his brother [Al] were powers), the painters’ union (in which several murders were done during a war in the early thirties) and the longshoremen (play toy of Anastasia, the dock czar) felt the impact especially forcefully. Many operators of large trucking fleets and bakers who supplied the city with its daily bread had to pay tribute.
Assuming market demand remained relatively constant after enactment of the Volstead Act, the millions of dollars formerly collected by the State of Pennsylvania would be lost to the public sector, while the profits of the trade would be transferred to racketeers and bootleggers in the informal economy. These profits were further amplified by monopoly pricing and adulteration of alcohol. “Drinks that once cost a nickel before Prohibition could cost fifty cents or more after the enactment of the new laws” (Drowne and Huber, 2004:14).