- Don’t ever show a gun to a man you don’t want to kill.
- Don’t talk to the law.
- Always split the money fair.
- Each man for himself.
- Don’t kill somebody unless you have to. It puts the law on you like nothing else.
- Never leave a guy alive who’d like to see you dead.
- Don’t let yourself be framed in a lit doorway.
- Don’t meet in a town where you’re going to make a hit.
- Don’t stay in the hotel where you’re going to make a hit.
- Don’t take a job on consignment.
- Don’t work with anyone you can’t trust or don’t respect.
- When there’s no place to hide, stay where you are.
- Any job that requires more than five guys to be pulled can’t be pulled.
- For a big enough score, any rule can be broken.
So some guys are not into lists. But I think this one is important – not only for crime fiction readers: Parker’s fourteen Rules. Read, learn, follow – at 50 Years of Parker, dedicated to Richard Stark’s hero and published by the University of Chicago Press. Thanks, guys!