Grofield is a part-time actor, part-time thief. He makes his colorful debut in the excellent The Score, charming the pants off a girl he’s holding hostage. He returns in The Handle, which immediately precedes his first solo adventure, The Damsel.
Parker readers are split in their assessment of the Grofield books. Many find the lighter tone of the first three to be off-putting, others just relax and enjoy the read.
For more on Grofield, see my entry on the first novel in the series, The Damsel.
|Parker Novels featuring Grofield||Year||Grofield Solo Novels||Year|
|The Score||1964||The Damsel||1967|
|The Handle||1966||The Dame||1969|
|Butcher’s Moon||1974||Lemons Never Lie||1971|
Grofield is also referenced in the first Dortmunder novel, The Hot Rock. Character Alan Greenwood at one point goes by the name Alan Grofield. He is not Alan Grofield–Alan Grofield doesn’t live in New York, for starters–but he’s most definitely a parody of Alan Grofield.