"Civilized people need to follow rules. These are mine:
I don't steal from people who can't afford it and I don't hurt people who don't deserve it. Most importantly, you say you'll do something and you don't, I'll make sure you regret it."
I'm not an expert on Richard Stark's character Parker, but I have read several of the books in the Parker crime-novel series. They're short, easy to read, good airplane stuff. I'm not even sure there's an arc to Parker's character development until around the seventh book. That's, as we say, a feature, not a bug.
I really like Parker novels in part not because I relate to Parker as a master-thief, but because I think in some ways I relate to Parker as someone who spends a lot of time planning things out, enough so to improvise if things go poorly, but I also become fairly irritated when people's quirks and personalities get in the way of the plan when - darn it - we all knew the plan.
However, I am just slightly less inclined than Parker to actually straight up blow up my co-workers if I feel they messed up a project.
There's a movie coming out based on one of the later books in the Parker series. Hollywood being the clever folks they are have named the movie Parker, and are not starting at the beginning of the series. You've likely seen ads with Jason Statham and (yes, people are still hiring her) Jennifer Lopez.
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The quote above is from the Parker trailer. If the trailer looks like a standard, inexpensive Jason Statham action movie, I am guessing you are not far off. The critics at Rottentomatoes certainly seem to feel that way.
The quote of Parker's rules - the thing that gets you to know the character and makes you interested in the character - is not from the books and, really, if casting Jason Statham wasn't a weird enough choice, this little good-guy-thief code has nothing to do with Parker's rules or the purpose of those rules in the series of books.