The Hunter

The Hunter

Book - 2008 | University of Chicago Press ed.
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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
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008, c1962.
Edition: University of Chicago Press ed.
ISBN: 9780226770994
Branch Call Number: STARK
Characteristics: 198 p.
Alternative Title: Payback


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The first of the Parker stories provides us with a classic vengeance tale starring a character with very low standards of morality. Leave your political-correctness at the door, please, because Parker will have none of it. Great popcorn reading.

Nov 06, 2013

Parker is a bad guy. He is a professional criminal who treats each crime as just another job. A very serious guy who lives by his own set of rules, he is not a man you want to cross. But that is just what Mal Resnick does. Betrayed by both his partner and his wife, Parker is back and looking for revenge. The whole Parker series is incredible. If you love "caper" stories (like I do), you will love these little books. Every one is very good. Mature relationships and some graphic violence mean keep the kids away, but for adults, they are great. You will root for the bad guy.

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Dec 06, 2010

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Dec 03, 2010

This is the start of the 'Parker Novels', all of them should be considered Adult reading.

If you are thinking of writting or are a budding writer; this 24 book series will be a good read for you. What I enjoyed the most was the sentence structure. Instead of the usual rungs of a ladder, these novels written as Richard Stark, are interesting because of the manner of the written story.

I think of it as a new light of story telling.


Richard Paul 12-6-2010


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