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I did not expect THE MOURNER to be such a pleasant curve ball in the landscape of Parker novels. It cares about little but being fun and outlandish and giving Parker and Handy McKay an intricate job to pull. It's liberating to read a gritty novel that doesn't try its hardest to be gritty. Richard Stark was a swift natural with tough guys. His underworld is always fun, complex and textured in all sorts of subtle shades. The Parker novels are an artifact of a changing society that embrace individuality in a way it wasn't ready to understand yet. I'm on year four of this twenty-four year relationship and everything is going according to the plan. Parker is a fascinating leisure partner for crime fiction readers and contemporary literature nerds.