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Parker: The Hunter by Richard Stark With Illustrations by Darwyn Cooke


Parker: The Hunter by Richard Stark With Illustrations by Darwyn Cooke

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    Richard Stark(Author) Darwyn Cooke(Artist)
  • In 1962, Donald E. Westlake, writing under the pseudonym Richard Stark, created what would become one of the most important and enduring crime fiction series ever produced — Parker. Westlake wrote more than 20 Parker novels, many considered classics of the genre, and a number of which have transitioned to the big screen. Most notable of these is Point Blank, directed by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin, released in 1967. Westlake received many accolades during his distinguished career, including being named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writer's of America, that prestigious organization's highest honor.
  • Darwyn Cooke has adapted four Parker books as graphic novels so far. The first three, The Hunter, The Outfit, and The Score have all won Eisner and Harvey Awards. He will be providing all-new color illustrations for The Hunter, the first in a series of hardcover prose novels released in chronological order and featuring Cooke's art.
  • The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loves and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind — to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him!

"Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible."-Washington Post Book World"Elmore Leonard wouldn't write what he does if Stark hadn't been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn't write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better."-Los Angeles Times"If you're looking for crime novels with a lot of punch, try the very, very tough novels featuring Parker. . . . The Hunter, The Outfit, The Mourner, and The Man with the Getaway Face are all beautifully paced, tautly composed, and originally published in the early 1960s."-Christian Science Monitor"The Parkers read with the speed of pulp while unfolding with an almost Nabokovian wit and flair. . . . Original editions of these books, and even later reprints, change hands for scores or hundreds of dollars on the Net, and it's excellent to have them readily available again-not so much masterpieces of the genre, just masterpieces, period." -- Richard Rayner "Los Angeles Times" (09/14/2008)"Reveal[s] what a sexy brute [Parker] was." -- Marilyn Stasio "New York Times Book Review" (10/05/2008)"Richard Stark's Parker novels . . . are -- John Banville "Bookforum"“Parker represents the antihero with dubious morals. Stark’s clever plot structure, moving back and forth in time, is totally engrossing.”--"Library Journal"""  ""    --Marilyn Stasio"New York Times Book Review" (10/05/2008)“Writing a couple of years ago . . . John Banville reckoned the Parker novels to be ''among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, any time.'' That''s high praise from an impeccable source, and Banville is right to single out the technical excellence of these books. The Parkers read with the speed of pulp while unfolding with an almost Nabokovian wit and flair. . . . Original editions of these books, and even later reprints, change hands for scores or hundreds of dollars on the Net, and it’s excellent to have them readily available again—not so much masterpieces of the genre, just masterpieces, period.”—Richard Rayner, "Los Angeles"" Times"""  "" ""  "" --Richard Rayner"Los Angeles Times" (09/14/2008)“Glitters with seemingly effortless intricacy, being aimed at one episode—a stunner, the kind of moment in fiction that really does have you leaping from your chair and exclaiming in surprise and glee.”—Richard Rayner, "Los Angeles"" Times", on "The Hunter"""  --Richard Rayner"Los Angeles Times" (09/14/2008)“Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.”—Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly""" "" "" "" --Stephen King"Entertainment Weekly" (09/12/2008)“Parker . . . lumbers through the pages of Richard Stark’s noir novels scattering dead bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a complex world [he] makes things simple.”—William Grimes, "New York Times"

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  • By L. Henry on 15 August 2017

    page turner

  • By CB on 8 January 2010

    Keep it simple, wait for the doublecross, and kill people. Less a book, more a film script. This title, together with The Man with the Getaway Face and The Outfit are an essential trilogy in any collection of crime fiction novels.

  • By Raalsarekhepr on 4 September 2010

    If you know anything about Donald Westlake's alter ego - Richard Stark - and his series of brutal, brilliant, STARKly written crime thrillers, then you will know that the protagonist, Parker, has been played on screen by Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall, and Mel Gibson. But to know who Parker really is, where he came from, where he's going, and the lengths he will go to get what he wants, you need to start here. The Hunter opens the series with a bang, and even though Parker is a nasty piece of work, you will just love the guy. The perfect anti-hero. This particular edition by Chicago University press is well worth it. Lovely edition, cool cover. First of a lovingly produced series of hard crime thrillers. Unmissable if you are serious about pulp fiction.

  • By Mr. Gary R. Smith on 29 November 2011

    I decided to read this book based on the reviews. I hadn't realised the film Payback with mel gibson was loosely based on the novel. Parker the main character, isn't a particularly nice person, but by the end I was right behind him. Non stop fast action, no messing with loads of superfluous words, just a great, great storyline. I read this in 5 hours, I literally couldn't put it down. I loved it, in fact im on with the next one in the series which follows on where the story ends. I can't say much more apart from superb!! If you manage to get a copy you won't be disappointed.

  • By James N. Beatson on 27 July 2009

    For anyone unable to locate a copy of Point Blank, seek no further; this is it with the original title. The Lee Marvin film didn't do it justice, taking too many liberties due to Parker being considered just a little non-PC for a movie anti-hero of the time. In the more recent version, Payback starring Mel Gibson, Parker's character was much closer to Stark's version, although reviews called him "a small-time crook." As the book explains, Parker has no experience of stealing anything small!One thing always puzzles me though...Hollywood has filmed several Parker books, but always insist on changing his name. curious. Jim Beatson.

  • By David Flourhands on 1 December 2013

    The story zips along at a good pace, occasional skipping backwards and forwards in the time-frame to add interest. The book can be criticised for its misogynist tendencies, but this, sadly, is true to the period - early sixties, Mad Men and all that. Readers who like, say, Elmore Leonard or Jim Thompson, are probably going to like this. It's a good place to get started on Richard Stark/Donald E Westlake. The Hunter is also of interest for providing the story for the great John Boorman film Point Blank. And the Kindle transcription is good.

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