Parker has two jobs both critical to his well being.
One is more along the line of his normal work. Parker is
employed to steal stolen art treasures stored in a remote
area of Montana. The "owner" Paxton Marino is a computer
whiz billionaire so Parker knows he can expect anything and
needs an electronic expert along for the ride.
The other job is a bit more personal. Someone hired a
pro to kill Parker. He needs to know who and why so he can
concentrate on the art theft. The problem is over the
years in his line of work Parker has made many enemies who
would gladly urinate on his grave. As Parker makes
inquiries through his underground connections, he soon
realizes the art job resurfaced his name to some nasty
people who simply detest him. Still Big Sky is calling and
with the help of an electronic genius lunatic, Parker goes
to work on purloining the art treasures.
FIREBREAK is the typical Parker tale as the exciting
story line is loaded with twists and turns yet the stark
plot uses no unnecessary baggage. The tale belongs to
Parker who seems relatively mellow compared to his maniacal
sidekick (why trust this psychopath is beyond this
reviewer). Still, this wild ride across the Northern
Plains is an effective anti-hero thriller that proves
Richard Stark under that name or as Donald Westlake can
still be counted on for top-notch modern day noir.