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Brothers Keepers

What will a group of monks do when their two-century-old monastery in New York City is threatened with demolition to make room for a new high-rise? Anything they have to. "Thou Shalt Not Steal" is only the first of the Commandments to be broken as the saintly face off against the unscrupulous over that most sacred of relics, a Park Avenue address.

Year: 1975     Genre: Humor

Forever and a Death

A formerly rich businessman thrown out of Hong Kong when the Chinese took over from the British decides to fix his dire financial problems and take revenge on the Chinese by tunneling under Hong Kong's bank vaults and stealing all their gold, then using a doomsday device to set off a "soliton wave" that will turn the ground to sludge, causing the whole city to collapse.

Year: 2017     Genre: Bank Robbery

Help I Am Being Held Prisoner

It isn't easy going to jail for a practical joke. Of course, this particular joke left 20 cars wrecked on the highway and two politicians' careers in tatters - so jail is where Harold K√ľnt landed. Now he's just trying to keep a low profile in the Big House. He wants no part of his fellow inmates' plan to use an escape tunnel to rob two banks. But it's too late; he's in it up to his neck. And that neck may just wind up in a noose...

Year: 1974     Genre: Crime Fiction

Somebody Owes Me Money

Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race. Which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor.

Year: 1969     Genre: Crime Fiction

The Comedy Is Finished

The year is 1977, and America is finally getting over the nightmares of Watergate and Vietnam and the national hangover that was the 1960s. Aging comedian Koo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veteran of countless USO tours to buck up American troops in the field. The self-proclaimed People's Revolutionary Army, who've decided that kidnapping Koo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life...

Year: 2012     Genre: Kidnapping

The Cutie

Mavis St. Paul had been a rich man's mistress. Now she was a corpse. And every cop in New York City was hunting for the two-bit punk accused of putting a knife in her. But the punk was innocent. He'd been set up to take the fall by some cutie who was too clever by half. My job? Find that cutie - before the cutie found me.

Year: 1960     Genre: Murder Mystery

The Hot Rock

The Hot Rock introduces John Archibald Dortmunder, the thief whose capers never quite come off, as he and his convict friends plot to steal the fabulous Balaboma Emerald.

Year: 1970     Genre: Crime Fiction

The Hunter

In The Hunter, the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption.

Year: 1962     Genre: Crime Fiction

The Man with the Getaway Face

Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet: an armored car in New Jersey, stuffed with cash.

Year: 1963     Genre: Bank RobberyOrganized Crime

The Mourner

The Mourner is a story of convergence--of cultures and of guys with guns. Hot on the trail of a statue stolen from a fifteenth-century French tomb, Parker enters a world of eccentric art collectors, greedy foreign officials, and shady KGB agents.

Year: 1963     Genre: ArcheologyStolen Goods

The Outfit

Parker goes toe-to-toe with the mob--hitting them with heist after heist after heist--and the entire underworld learns an unforgettable lesson: whatever Parker does, he does deadly.

Year: 1963     Genre: Organized Crime


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1960The Cutie Murder Mystery
1962The Hunterby Donald E. Westlake as Richard StarkCrime Fiction, Parker
1963The Man with the Getaway Faceby Donald E. Westlake as Richard StarkBank Robbery, Organized Crime, Parker
1963The Mournerby Donald E. Westlake as Richard StarkStolen Goods, Parker
1963The Outfitby Donald E. Westlake as Richard StarkOrganized Crime, Parker
1963The Scoreby Donald E. Westlake as Richard StarkCrime Fiction, Parker
1969Somebody Owes Me Money Crime Fiction
1970The Hot Rock Crime Fiction, John Dortmunder
1974Help I Am Being Held Prisoner Crime Fiction
1975Brothers Keepers Humor
2012The Comedy Is Finished Kidnapping
2017Forever and a Death Bank Robbery