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   Handle, The, by Richard Stark  
 
  Novel, first publication in 1966
 
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      Aka Run Lethal.

    The Baron ran a gambling island off the Texas coast in the Gulf's blue waters. To Parker, it was just a floating crap game with class. To the Big Boys, it was competition they couldn't stomach. They wanted a specialist to rob the Baron blind, pluck him like a chicken, and burn this paradise island into the sea. That's why they sent for Parker. His price was 200 grand in cash and Crystal - a beautiful little blonde. So the pot was sweet, but the heist soon had so many twists it smelled like a brand-new lemon - and Parker knew the line between success and failure on this score would be exactly the length of the barrel of a .38.

     
     
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  • Parker (#8)

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