Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crossover Cover: Hard as Nails

In this novel, P.I. Joe Kurtz tells his ex-girlfriend Rigby King, “My mother was a whore. I didn’t see much of her even before the orphanage. Once when she was drunk, she told me that she thought my old man was a thief, some guy with just one name and that not even his own. Not a second-story guy, but a real hardcase who would set up serious jobs with a bunch of other pros and then blow town forever. She said he and she were together for just a week in the late sixties…She said that he never wanted sex except right after a successful job.” The implication is that Kurtz's father is Parker, a professional thief appearing in novels by "Richard Stark" (Donald E. Westlake.) The Parker novel Plunder Squad shares a scene with Joe Gores' DKA novel Dead Skip, with the same scene being shown from the POVs of the respective authors' characters.

1 comment:

  1. It's worth mentioning that a character in the books is a hitman known as the Dane. Kurtz compares him to the Jackal the character from Frederick Forsythe's novel Day of the Jackal. It's not really clear whether he's referring to the Jackal as a real person, but Day of the Jackal mentions the Blades Club from the James Bond books.

    One of these days I'm going to have to read Dead Skip.