Parker: Now a Major Motion Picture, Originally Published as "Flashfire"
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There have been many film adaptations of Richard Stark's novels over the years, but none of them actually featured a protagonist named Parker—and none of them fully captured Parker's chilling tenacity and laconic anticharm. Here for the first time is the real Parker, played by Jason Statham. Adapted by Black Swan screenwriter John J. McLaughlin, and directed by Taylor Hackford, Parker is sure to both satisfy Stark fans and action-movie lovers. And there couldn't be a better Parker novel to bring to the silver screen than the fast-paced and stylish Flashfire.
When Flashfire opens, Parker isn't happy. Three associates have borrowed his money for a job without permission, and he isn't satisfied to wait and see if they make good. Instead, he vows to kill them all. Tearing across America to take their job out from under them, Parker finds himself in West Palm Beach. There things go sour. While attempting to trick the denizens of Palm Beach into accepting him for one of their own, Parker is gut-shot and forced to rely on a beautiful civilian, played in the film by Jennifer Lopez, for help. But even injured and exhausted, Parker still has his killer instinct, and he shows how unwise—and deadly—it is to cross him. Part heist movie, part unexpected romance, and mostly explosions, Parker brings to life Stark's hero with verve and violence, while taking viewers on an action-packed adventure they won't soon forget.
Also starring Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Patti Lupone, and Wendell Pierce, Parker is hitting theaters near you this January. Hard.
don't think fixer-uppers are worth the trouble, frankly.” Here it was. Color photo, taken from an angle to minimize the neglect. Floor plan. Entrances. Description of alarms. “I'll keep this, if it's okay with you,” Parker said. “Go ahead,” she said. “I don't need it. That house is sold.” 3 A mile or so south of Melander's house, the private estates began to give way to the hotels: Four Seasons, Hilton, Howard Johnson, all tending down toward the condos. Parker left the Jaguar, top up,
you in the lobby.” “Fine,” he said, and hung up, and drove the Subaru back to the airport. He left it in its old spot in long-term parking, picked up the Jaguar, and drove to the exit. This clerk was a Hispanic woman, chunky and bored, who said, “You come in today? This the long-term.” “I forgot my passport, gotta go back for it, screws up the whole day.” “Tough,” she said, and gave him his change. 6 The condos along the narrow strip of island south of the main part of Palm Beach yearn
go anywhere. Just to some fallen-down shacks used to belong to alligator hunters or maybe even older, egret hunters, from when the fancy ladies up north liked to wear egret feathers in their hats. So why was a car coming this way? Billy Joe, one of the more excitable members of the group, called, “Captain Bob, interlopers! Suppose they're Feds?” Feds! The deadly battle with government lawmen, always a possibility, always the threat out there waiting. Was it here now? Elvis searched the sky,
sweatshirt. Turning in at the entrance to the parking lot, he put his hand in his right pocket. The driver was getting out of the Cherokee. He gave Parker an incurious look, turned to lock the Cherokee, and Parker stepped rapidly toward him, taking the Sentinel out of his pocket, holding it straight-armed in front of himself, aiming as he moved. He fired once, and the .22 cartridge punched through the meat of the driver's left leg, halfway between knee and hip, then went on to crack into the
diner for breakfast, then drove back to park in the block before the storefront church, which was now dark, the benches in front of it empty. There was a service at seven-thirty, the congregation mostly old women who had trouble walking, then nothing happened until a little after eleven, when a dark blue Ford Econoline van stopped at the church. A big man got out on the passenger side, looking in every direction at once, and walked into the church. A minute later he was back out, to open the