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The Hunter: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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This is the book where Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark introduces us to Parker in 1962. After re-reading the book after thitysomething years I realize that Lee Marvin was probably cast as a truer version of Parker. Danny DeVito would have been a good messenger and James Gandolfini would have made a better Mal Resnick. The ending was changed for the movie, but what the hey, that's Hollywood. I think I'll reread them all as my next project. They're that good.
I think Sam Elliott would make a great Parker. He could make a whole career out of this series.
As far as I can tell the other Parker books are:
1) The Hunter (1962; AKA Point Blank, Payback; Parker, by Richard Stark).
2) The Man With the Getaway Face (1963; AKA The Steel Hit; Parker,
3) The Outfit (1963; Parker, by Richard Stark)
4) The Mourner (1963; Parker, by Richard Stark)
5) The Score (1964; AKA Killtown; Parker, by Richard Stark)
6) The Jugger (1965; Parker, by Richard Stark)
7) The Seventh (1966; AKA The Split; Parker, by Richard Stark)
8) The Handle (1966; AKA Run Lethal; Parker, by Richard Stark)
9) The Rare Coin Score (1967; Parker, by Richard Stark)
10) The Green Eagle Score (1967; Parker, by Richard Stark)
11) The Black Ice Score (1968; Parker, by Richard Stark)
12) The Sour Lemon Score (1969; Parker, by Richard Stark)
13) Slayground (1971; Parker, by Richard Stark)
14) Deadly Edge (1971; Parker, by Richard Stark)
15) Plunder Squad (1972; Parker, by Richard Stark)
16) Butcher's Moon (1974; Parker, by Richard Stark)
17) Comeback (1997;
18) Backflash (1998; Parker)..
19) Flashfire (2000; Parker, by Richard Stark)..
20) Firebreak (2001; Parker, by Richard Stark) ..
21) Nobody Runs Forever (2004) Parker, by Richard Stark
Highly recommended for Parker fans and fans of action adventure stories.
Gunner December, 2007
But I can slip back into the time period effortlessly. Some of the younger generation of readers might struggle with that lack of technology unless they're well-versed in period piece stuff - back in the old days when they had to try to trace phone numbers.
Parker is one of those iconic characters in fiction that will forever stand out. He's been played by Lee Marvin (Point Blank), Chow Yun Fat (Full Contact) and by Mel Gibson (Payback). That's some rarified air there, folks. He's a big, gnarly brute of a man in the novels, a cold-heated professional when on the job, able to cut losses and throats with a single flick of a knife. As the series progresses, Parker softens a little, but not much. He maintains a bleak outlook on life and I love him for it. Comic writers like Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka probably read Stark, or at least works by other writers who were inspired by the Parker books.
In this first volume, Parker is on a mission of vengeance. He barely survived the last heist after being betrayed by one of his partners and his wife. Now he wants his cut of the profits. The double-cross is more complicated than Parker realizes. When the ex-partner took the money, it wasn't just about the money.Read more ›
Stark writes in a style derived from the 1930 "pulps": for a representative biopsy of the style, see the resurrected and now defunct series brilliantly re-issued by "Creative Arts/Black Lizard" series. Unfortunately, most of the books in that series are, once again, out-of-print. The best currently available reference anthology was issued by Vintage/Black Lizard in the "Big Book of Pulps" edited by Otto Penzler.
In the tradition of Paul Cain, David Goodis, Cornell Woolrich and, naturally, Jim Thompson, sentences have been stripped of all but the necessary wording, adjectives don't hang heavily on nouns, metaphors are mostly gone, character development essentially non-existant. Instead, the emphasis is on swift, brutal action, a tight plot, accompanied by a few twists-and-turns and (at least in this series), a "teaser" hint of the next installment to follow in the series. There have been legions of imitators, ranging from the well-known Chandler and Hammett types to the more recent James Ellroy.
Stark/Westlake seems to occupy a unique niche between the more eloquent traditionalists (Chandler, Hammett) and the brutally spare style of the Jim Thompson school. The taught writing, evocative but still not stale, the "made for the movies" tension and the cleverly constructed stories evidently warranted re-issue of the series by the august University of Chicago Press.Read more ›
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Parker, with his curiously moral criminal code and economical account of events, is ever the reader's restorative good meal at the end of a trying and tiresome day. Read morePublished 18 days ago by dadlee
I enjoyed this very much. I saw the movie with Mel Gibson years ago, it is a favorite, I heard Gibson's voice doing the narration as I read along. I will buy more by this author.Published 1 month ago by Waterdog
I don’t know what to think of this book. Mainly, because it basically written without a lot of bells and whistles, not that a book needs bells and whistles to be good, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Shroud
This The original Parker novel !! You read one your gonna wanna read them all !!!!!!!Published 2 months ago by John Connolly
Read this based on the glowing reviews I read on Amazon & elsewhere. Well written, but I found the plot dated and the characters
Would not recommend.
The novels succeed at what they are: lurid potboiler noir detective fiction. Stark has a good, clean style of writing. The story is entertaining. Read morePublished 4 months ago by No Name
it was written in the 1960's & the main character is a jerk......it was well written & good but not my style.Published 4 months ago by jrcondon
Can't get enough of Richard Parker/Donald Westlake. Amazing to see the differences between Dortmunder and Parker.Published 4 months ago by marc reilly