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