The Hunter: A Parker Novel by Richard StarkThe Hunter: A Parker Novel by Richard Stark

The Hunter: A Parker Novel

byRichard Stark

Paperback | September 1, 2008

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You probably haven’t ever noticed them. But they’ve noticed you. They notice everything. That’s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers’ work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.

They’re thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They’re pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you’re planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister’s heister, the robber’s robber, the heavy’s heavy. You don’t want to cross him, and you don’t want to get in his way, because he’ll stop at nothing to get what he’s after.

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir.  Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style—and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency—Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover—and become addicted to.

In The Hunter, the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption.
“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
“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you’ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll want on that desert island.”—Lawrence Block
Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008), a prolific author of noir crime fiction. In 1993 the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society’s highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master.
Title:The Hunter: A Parker NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226770990

ISBN - 13:9780226770994

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Start of Something Big Hard to believe that Richard Stark (the pen name of Donald Westlake) planned to kill Parker (the main character of this novel and dozens of others in this series) at the end of this book. He was supposed to be a one shot character and it turned out he had a lot more bullets in his gun. I would be a bit hard pressed to say why I love this character and series so much but I love the fact Parker AND the writing is lean with an economy for words and a knack for getting to the point. Parker is a crook - yes, but a professional crook. No violence for the sake of violence BUT also he's not a hero - he'll kill you if that is the best way to get the job done. This is a perfect intro to the character - he is getting revenge on someone who double crossed him on a job. One other trait I noticed through 24 novels is the only time Parker does waste energy is when someone has crossed him. He won't let it go. But that's fine by me. Love this first novel and there is hardly a bad novel in the other 24 books.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Life and Crimes of Parker I'l keep this short - there is a reason 24 novels were written of Parker - he is one of the best characters to find his way into a novel and under the skillful pen of Donald Westlake (aka Richard Stark) his novels are a must have for any lover of noir gritty crime fiction. These reprints are wonderful and they open up the world of Parker to a whole new generation of fans.
Date published: 2012-12-03

Editorial Reviews

“The UC Press mission, to reprint the 1960s Parker novels of Richard Stark (the late Donald Westlake), is wholly admirable. The books have been out of print for decades, and the fast-paced, hard-boiled thrillers featuring the thief Parker are brilliant.”