The Hunter: A Parker Novel

Paperback | September 1, 2008

byRichard Stark

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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
 

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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...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226770994

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from In the beginning... Its pretty straightforward compared to later, more developed Parker novels but it all had to start somewhere. Not a lot of flesh on Parkers bones yet but its still a very good read.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Please reject Please reject this review is it for testing only. Please reject this review is it for testing only. Please reject this review is it for testing only.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard hitting I don't usually read crime novels but I seen the modern film (Payback) and wanted to read this. The book has a simpler story line but it's fast moving and has no need for useless filler. I enjoyed it and read it quickly. Will look into continuing the series.
Date published: 2013-11-27
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

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“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.”