What are you reading? - Page 421
I read the first 4 Parker novels and hit a snag when I realized the library was missing the next 8 books in the series. I got them to order a copy of each and will be binge reading them as soon as they arrive before work resumes in January.
While the novels are not necessarily great reading, they're not bad either and Stark/Westlake seems to have enjoyed writing the series. Sometimes when I'm reading the 3rd or 4th novel in a series, I feel the author has lost interest and churns out more books because they've committed themselves to it (or maybe because it's easier to not write a finale). It hasn't felt like the case yet, although I'm preparing myself that may show once I get near the end of the original Parker novels or into the ones he wrote within the last decade.
I finished #20 (Firebreak), so I wanted to give an update. I would say most of them are fun and readable. I really dislike the ones from the 70s though (Deadly Edge to Butcher's Moon).
The ones from the second run (90s starting with Comeback to Firebreak at least) are surprisingly good. Probably as fun and readable as the first few. I thought they would be written just to cash-in on the name, but if they were then Stark/Westlake didn't write like it.
Great novel. Gets overshadowed by pretty much everything else he wrote, especially Crime and Punishment and Brothers Karamazov.
I felt bad when he dropped the "Coraghessan" and shortened his pen name to "T.C. Boyle." That's a much more forgettable name to me.
I still enjoy his books, though.