The Man with the Getaway Face

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First edition (p/b 1963)
Cover artist Harry Bennett

The Man with the Getaway Face (1963) is a crime thriller novel, written by Donald E. Westlake under the pseudonym Richard Stark and published by Pocket Books. It was also published under the title The Steel Hit. It is the second of the Parker novels.


The plot concerns Stark's recurring character, Parker, surgically altering his appearance to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Desperate for cash, he decides to join his old associates Skimm and Handy McKay to rob an armored car in New Jersey. Parker and Handy soon realize that the finger for the job, Skimm's girlfriend Alma, intends to betray them. Moreover, an employee of Dr. Adler (who performed Parker's surgery) threatens to rat Parker out to The Outfit; Adler has been murdered, and Adler's employees think Parker is to blame.


The Man with the Getaway Face was re-issued by the University of Chicago Press in August 2008.

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In 2010, it was adapted into a short pamphlet by cartoonist Darwyn Cooke. This adaptation became the first chapter of Cooke's graphic novel adaptation of The Outfit, which was released later that year.