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21. Comeback
22. Souvenir Broadway Play Book PROMISES,
23. TV Guide January 23, 2005 Eva
24. Trinities
25. Guys and Dolls of Broadway: Stories
26. Death Flight
27. Remember How I Love You: Love
28. Actor Jerry Orbach Autographed

21. Comeback
by Richard Stark
Audio Cassette: Pages (1997-11-01)
list price: US$17.00 -- used & new: US$3.95
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Asin: 1570425361
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A robbery of a Christian Crusade engineered by Parker, Liss, and Mackey, and executed in the heat of a summer night, comes off without a hitch. But the evangelist wants his money back, and now the cops, crooks, and an ex-Marine who is the church's security man are after the loot. In a dark world where every move has a countermove and no one can be trusted, what began in a house of worship has moved to a house of cards--a perilous place where every lie leads to the deadliest moments of truth. Simultaneous hardcover release from Mysterious Press. 2 cassettes.Amazon.com Review
The frighteningly prolific mystery writer DonaldE. Westlake, a.k.a. Richard Stark, ended his legendary series ofbooks about a career criminal known only as Parker with 1974'sButcher's Moon. He cited too much competition from copycats inprint, on film, and on television. Persuaded by fans and family,Westlake has resurrected Parker with a welcome burst of energy andimagination. The felon and his long-time lady friend Claire areenjoying the quiet life in their New Jersey lakeside home whenParker's invited to become part of a plan to remove a large sum ofcash from a glossy TV-preacher named William Archibald. It's a heistthat goes wrong from the start and turns into a tense, chaotic balletof betrayal and death. One of Parker's partners is a weak babbler,another a cold traitor. Archibald's security chief is a tenaciouspursuer, intent on retrieving his employer's money. Along the way, welearn how to hide crooks, cars, and cash in a small city with anefficient police force; how to escape from a variety of traps andsealed rooms; and most of all how Parker has managed to stay alive--inreaders' minds as well as in the brain of his creator--for all theseyears. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars!
awesome book! really cool parker style action, taking a bunch of cash but then having to hang out with the guy in charge of security for the place he robbed and having to fight his way out with desk drawers and his fists. a tie in with some loser thieves trying to mess with parker and an amazing shoot out at the end with a veteran ex partner thief. ok it wasn't an option but this book gets 4.5 stars, not five. why? because there are some weird things in the book that are uncharacteristic for the series and just silly over all. at the beginning parker and friends rob a stadium, perfect and classic. but then they stay at the crime scene, in the parking lot of the stadium in a construction trailer with a lock on the door and the police jiggle the lock a few times and then leave. really??? in other books parker has said it's bad to stay so close to the scene! and even if he didn't say that it's common sense, the police would cut the lock off immediately and search inside! then when leaving, parker BLOWS UP THE TRAILER!!! what??? so he could get caught for armed robbery, that would be rough, but blowing up something would get a whole new list of charges added! not to mention the police will look a lot harder for someone setting off bombs than just a thief! the atf and fbi might even be after him! totally pointless! it said it was to get rid of evidence... how about you just leave the scene of the crime instead of sitting in a trailer, creating evidence and then blowing it up! and he sets it off when they are like three blocks away! gah! stark, may he rest in peace :(,what were you thinking? parker has always been a genius in the past! what happened?

anyway the rest of the story though is good stuff! classic stark and very entertaining.

3-0 out of 5 stars A decent thriller - nothing special
This is a good, solid read.It held my interest, but it's not a knockout thriller.A decent book to wile away a few hours.Because it's out of print, available copies appear to be rather pricey.But it's not the kind of book worth paying a premium price for - really, it's nothing special.

5-0 out of 5 stars Parker gets religion

Comeback is significant because Donald Westlake, writing as Richard Starkcame back to writing Parker novels after a hiatus of some twenty years or so.I say welcome back.

Thiis story is ripped from today's headlines.A TVevangelist who uses a stadium to preach from has an "Angel" who is unhappy with all the money being raised and spent on the preacher himself.Can you say Altanta Mega churches?Any how, as usual the heist doesn't go exactly as planned.I particularly like the part where the preacher pays Parker a thousand dollars to find and recover his money.

As far as I can tell the other Parker books are:
1) The Hunter (1963; AKA Point Blank, Payback; Parker, by Richard Stark).
2) The Man With the Getaway Face (1963; AKA The Steel Hit; Parker,
3) The Outfit (1963; Parker, by Richard Stark)
4) The Mourner (1963; Parker, by Richard Stark)
5) The Score (1964; AKA Killtown; Parker, by Richard Stark)
6) The Jugger (1965; Parker, by Richard Stark)
7) The Seventh (1966; AKA The Split; Parker, by Richard Stark)
8) The Handle (1966; AKA Run Lethal; Parker, by Richard Stark)
9) The Rare Coin Score (1967; Parker, by Richard Stark)
10) The Green Eagle Score (1967; Parker, by Richard Stark)
11) The Black Ice Score (1968; Parker, by Richard Stark)
12) The Sour Lemon Score (1969; Parker, by Richard Stark)
13) Slayground (1971; Parker, by Richard Stark)
14) Deadly Edge (1971; Parker, by Richard Stark)
15) Plunder Squad (1972; Parker, by Richard Stark)
16) Butcher's Moon (1974; Parker, by Richard Stark)
17) Comeback (1997;
18) Backflash (1998; Parker)..
19) Flashfire (2000; Parker, by Richard Stark)..
20) Firebreak (2001; Parker, by Richard Stark) ..
21) Nobody Runs Forever (2004) Parker, by Richard Stark

Highly recommended for Parker fans and fans of action adventure stories.

Gunner November, 2007

5-0 out of 5 stars The triumphant return of Stark and Parker
Professional thief Parker returns in this suspenseful tale of a caper gone wrong.Parker, with fellow thieves Liss and Mackey, conspires to rob the coffers of the Christian Crusade, part of the ministry of the Reverend William Archibald.Despite some last minute nerves on the part of their inside man, the robbery proceeds smoothly, and the trio makes off with nearly half a million dollars in cash.

After the crooks go to ground, one of their number tries to rob the rest.An ever wary Parker foils this attempt but fails to subdue his former ally.Parker and the remaining gang member must evade the traitor, the police, and Reverend Archibald's minions to escape with their lives and the money.

Comeback, Richard Stark's (aka Donald E. Westlake's) first Parker novel after an almost unendurable twenty three year hiatus, is a hard boiled novel of suspense comparable to the other highly entertaining entries in this series.Told using Stark's trademark framework--three quarters of the novel is from Parker's point of view, one quarter from the individual points of view of all the other principal characters--the novel delivers all the action, violence and surprises fans of this series have come to expect.Stark and Parker--perfect together!

5-0 out of 5 stars Once You Read One Parker Adventure You Comeback Again and Again and Again for More!
Donald E. Westlake's alter ego Richard Stark's Parker character is back along with Mackey and Brenda from other Parker classics.Comeback is another can't put down until the final page easy to read action packed thriller.Comeback is a novel both fans of and new readers to Westlake under his or his pen name Stark will read over and over again.Short chapters make putting it down when you reluctantly have to a breeze as well.As well as other Parker adventures also check out under Westlake's own name his masterpiece solution to being unemployed, The Ax.His novels Corkscrew and the Scared Stiff are also brilliant!

In Comeback Parker, Mackey and Brenda team up with a villain named Liss whose parol officer Tom Carmody dresses up as an angel as part of a Christian con artist Evangelist stadium show.Carmody is disillusioned that the reverend is not giving the money to the needy but spending it on himself and wants to rob the production of its $400 000 in gate takings to give to the poor.Of course Liss, Parker, Mackey and Brenda have no intention of splitting the money with Carmody, in fact Liss has no intention of letting his colleagues live which of course Parker can not let him get away with.Further complicating the matter are a group of low intelligent young guys who think they can just take the money from the gang.Ex marine but equally low intelligence head of security for the Christian Festival also makes this great novel even more exciting!

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22. Souvenir Broadway Play Book PROMISES, PROMISES A New Musical presented by David Merrick, Starring Jerry Orbach and Jill O'Hara (1968 Softcover 9 x12 inches, 16 pages)
by Billy Wilder Neil Simon
Paperback: Pages (1968)

Asin: B0030CBFZ4
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Souvenir Broadway Play Book PROMISES, PROMISES A New Musical presented by David Merrick, Starring Jerry Orbach and Jill O'Hara (1968 Softcover 9 x12 inches, 16 pages) ... Read more

23. TV Guide January 23, 2005 Eva Longoria & Jesse Metcalfe/Desperate Housewives, Jerry Orbach/Law & Order, Hilary Duff on Joan of Arcadia, Chad Michael Murray/One Tree Hill
Single Issue Magazine: Pages (2005)

Asin: B002L292FO
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24. Trinities
by Nick Tosches
 Audio Cassette: Pages (1994-09-01)
list price: US$22.50 -- used & new: US$14.68
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Asin: 0553472933
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The Mafia, Asian drug-lords, and Wall Street financiers wage an all-out war for control of the world's multi-billion-dollar heroin trade, while a lawman fights a battle for his own soul. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Trapped Brilliance
Trinities is a book that explores the psychology of the two main characters, Johnny, a brilliant family man (read mafia) who is trapped in a low paying union job despite his family ties, and his uncle, an even more brilliant mafia don (retired) who is trapped in his dying body and the laxidazical world he views through his aging eyes.

As Johnny longs to escape through midlife crisis angst, his uncle longs for one last splash of the glory days before he dies. If the reader cannot truly immerse the heart into these two personalities, the reader will lose perspective and simply classify the book as a genre piece of some sort.

I have listened to this book on audio cassette at least seven times - until the tapes gave out - and will buy it again just to have it in my library.

Give it a shot. It's good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good Writer, Pretentious Effort
I loved Tosches' bio of Jerry Lee, Hellfire, but Trinities was a great disappointment, especially since it didn't have to be. Tosches had the makings of a terrific thriller. But the central character and plot are unbelievable.
The book starts with Johnny DiPietro, nephew of an old Mafia don, fulfilling a contract for his uncle. He drives, his buddy does the shooting. To Johnny, the victim is not a person, but Johnny's "new transmission" for his car. He's a slimeball, and thus far rendered believable, ala Elmore Leonard. There is a reference that, as a youth, he had a thirst for knowledge, and that he had at one time read good books. Aside from this, Johnny gives no sense of authority, high intelligence, or competency. Then his uncle, who wants to take over the world's heroin market, decides to use Johnny as his representative in the biggest (and least plausible ) dope deal in the history of crime fiction. Suddenly Johnny, who's making twenty-five grand a year in a union job, is transformed into a wizard with the ability to:
1- Negotiate a billion dollar drug deal with a stereotyped crafty, unfathomable Chinese Triad boss
2- Has a tremendous facility with numbers
3- Is knowledgeable about international banking, finance, the Asian drug market, crops, weapons systems, customs brokerage, and much much much more ( he can do no wrong, make no false step )
4- Is conversant with, and actively thinks about, Dante, Socrates ( whom he criticizes as arrogant for his admonition to "Know thyself", since knowing oneself is impossible), and Milton's Paradise Lost.
There is no sense of irony to tell us this is all meant as parody. Rather, Toshces presents this in a serious tone, with a lot of "deep" perception from the previously thuggish Johnny, that alerts the reader to the fact that Johnny is really Tosches' representative more than his uncle's; it is the author's concerns put into Johnny's mind, and as such they become, especially in the penultimate chapter, more pretentious than they would have if we had been given a realistic character who was fully developed. Johnny loses all credibility, as does the preposterous plot.
Tosches is very talented. He has done abundant research. With the Chinese Triads he had a good subject that wasn't written to death. But all this was lost under the creaky, potboiler plot and the unbelievable Johnny.
Johnny tells us there is no good or evil, but tries to convince us he's a nice guy anyway. To rationalize shipping billions of dollars of heroin into New York, he says the drug addicts deserve it. "If the scum of humanity craved heroin, so be it. Let the self-oppressors go down together, down to the wasteland of gutted souls and assembly-line minds." And he calls Socrates arrogant?

4-0 out of 5 stars The divergence in reader/editorial opinions is fascinating
Seldom have I sign such a strong divergence in reviews on an Amazon site.For those who found the characters wooden or hackneyed, I would refer them back to the scenes of Johnny in the Inglese Gardin in Sicily and how he experiences fear after a vicious attack on his life.I never saw any description of fear and panic as memorable and detailed as Tosches renders in any Mario Puzo novel, or many authors of much better calibre than Puzo.

For those who found the Chinese characters hard to fathom, Johnny's dinner with the character Silk early in the book is one of the best popularized explanations of Chinese history and philosophy you're liked to ever read.And the author's treatment of the differences in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Fujianese rings true.How many readers knew there were 7 different dialects in Chinese, with major tonal and structural differences between them?Outside of native Chinese speakers, very few I would guess.The author provides great insight into this and makes it a key plot element in the meetings between warring Triads.

The novel has tremendous scope; it is very obvious that Tosches has been there and really soaked up the atmosphere.Yes, it is violent, sometimes hyper-violent.But why would you expect the world of people who sell drugs in billion dollar lots not to be?

There are definitely some implausible plot elements.Interestingly, the characters comment indirectly on that point a couple of times in moments of introspection.But nothing that blew up the experience of reading the book.

At the end of the reading, I felt like I had been in every locale, that I knew every character, and that I learned a lot about the Italian, Sicilian, and Chinese languages.I learned a lot of history, which I suspect was a lot more accurate than some of the history in The Da Vinci Code.Finally, I had been on one wild ride!

This is not Pulitzer material, but it is a solid effort with some well turned phrases.There is more atmosphere in this book and than you'll find in 90% of crime fiction.Go get this book if you have any interest in either Italian or Chinese culture and history.You'll be rewarded with many interesting facts while experiencing a cracking good plot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reads like nonfiction
This is one of the best crime thrillers I've read, and I think that'sbecause it reads like nonfiction -- there's strong emotion and characterdevelopment, but it's told through the action, the culture, and thesettings, not so much by getting into the individual characters' heads.Icouldn't put this book down.Tosches' Lower Manhattan locales --Chinatown, Little Italy -- are right on: gritty, rich with character andhistory, uniquely beautiful and scary at once.The characters arenot-so-loosely based on real figures in NYC organized crime.For fans ofjournalistic accounts of crime and city life this is a must read.

1-0 out of 5 stars At 450 pages too long
This had to be one of the most boring books that I have ever read.At 450 pages it seemed like 1,500.The characters are unsympathetic and who lives, who dies, by the time the book is over you don't care anymore.Theauthor uses Italian phrases throughout the book and after the first 10 or20 it gets especially annoying. I thought that after reading"Dino" I would give Tosches another try.No more. ... Read more

25. Guys and Dolls of Broadway: Stories by Damon Runyon (Listen for Pleasure, LFP 7113-7)
by Damon Runyon
 Audio Cassette: Pages (1986-11)
list price: US$21.99 -- used & new: US$49.99
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Asin: 0886461154
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Runyon recreates the colorful atmosphere and cadences of New York City streetlife with "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown," "Princess O'Hara," "Social Error,"and "The Three Wise Guys." Read by Jerry Orbach. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All Lovers of New York - Buy This Tape!!
Jerry Orbach's reading is superb, his low, slightly gruff voice captures the ambience, the cadence of Runyon's New York.The characters come alive and one is transported back to the demi- monde of Runyonesque characters that once peopled a New York that no longer is.

One of my ways of measuring a good recording is how well I can fall to sleep while listening to a story (music keeps me awake) and this is the best.Get it! Enjoy it! Gift it! ... Read more

26. Death Flight
by Ed McBain
Audio Cassette: Pages (1998-01)
list price: US$5.99 -- used & new: US$5.25
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Asin: 0886467381
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Milt Davis is way out of his league--he thinks. The FBI solves plane crashes, not small-time private eyes. Then he's shot at, beat up, and caught in a lie by the one person he'd like to know better. But the dark truth is emerging. And now Milt knows he's on familiar territory--between men, women and money they don't deserve. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A short but sweet PI novel.
Ed McBain is one of my all time favorite authors, and I was surprised to see his name on the top of this little audiobook.It only costs $5.99, how about that!Anyway, it is a story about PI Milt Davis who is asked to investigate a plane crash that might be intentional.He knows immediately that this is above him, but he continues.McBain's traditional twists and turns follow, and it turns out to be a pretty darn good mystery.I gave it an 8 because, though good, it just could not measure up to his 87th precinct novels, my favorite of which are Ice and Nocturne. ... Read more

27. Remember How I Love You: Love Letters from an Extraordinary Marriage (Hardcover)
by Ken Bloom (Contributor) Jerry Orbach (Author)Elaine Orbach (Author) Sam Waterston (Foreword)
Unknown Binding: Pages (2009)
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Asin: B002WP26S0
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28. Actor Jerry Orbach Autographed 4" X 6" Publicity Photograph (Television Memorabilia)
by Jerry Orbach
 Cards: Pages (2000)

Asin: B002B6DVTS
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