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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 ›
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Story was well written. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the main character seemed invincible when going against an entire crime syndicate...Published 2 days ago by Zack
Parker is not a nice guy, but this book is terrific. Westlake, a comic crime genius under his own name, was also a great as a more serious writer under the Stark alias. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Holly A. Lenz
It's a good story, but there is no need to demean women by using the explicit sexual descriptions. The book would have been more enjoyable without the abusive language.Published 16 days ago by Sparky
Richard Stark was an alter ego if you will for the late Donald Westlake. Where DW always wrote with at least a dash of good humor and fun, his Richard Stark novels are no laughing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by hank the crank
Enjoyed the twists, love the characters .Will be reading more of Parker and his adventures, I am sure. Thank youPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
The Parker series is classic noir and Mr Westlake is the best of the best when it comes to writing this stuff. And, yeah, this plot .... in one form or another ... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dempster leech
Richard Stark's (Donald Westlake) Parker is on of my favorite crime-noir fictional characters. I have read and reread the entries in this series and was thrilled when the long out... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JM Harvey Author of Dead on the Vine
Parker is a hard man – with little reserve.
The story is fast and hard - it is difficult to recognize the time period.