Backflash Donald Westlake (Estate)
Pub date 1st October 1999
Original publisher Mysterious Press
International publishers Payot et Rivages (France), Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (Germany), Zmora Bitan (Israel), RCS Libri Spa (Italy)
Publisher (UK) Quercus

Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark

When the steel-nerved crook Parker receives a tip about a floating casino stuffed with cash on the Hudson River, the job is too tempting to pass up. With his usual meticulous precision, he plans every detail of the heist, from the guns to the getaway boat. His team is ready. But somebody finds out about the scheme, and soon Parker finds himself at the center of a maelstrom of greed, lies, and bullets. With no one to trust but himself, Parker must do what he does best: punch, shoot, and kill his way out of the night.


Praise for Backflash

“Parker is a hard-nosed crook indeed, quite unlike the giddy opportunists who often brighten Westlake's lighter tales … No need to lament a golden age of hard-boiled writing; it's right here, now.”

 - Publisher’s Weekly


 “When a road crash leaves Marshall Howell trapped in a wrecked getaway car, his partner, master thief Parker, has to decide whether or not to kill him before he skedaddles with their $140,000 haul … Stark (a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake), like his outlaw hero, is never less than professional, and he supplies the fastest 300 pages you’re likely to read this year.”

- Kirkus


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