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Download The Hunter reader ☆ â Richard Stark ↠ You probably haven’t ever noticed them But they’ve noticed you They notice everything That’s their job Sitting uietly 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 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  “El Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there before And uentin 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? “When a fresh faced guy in a Chevy offered him a lift Parker told him to go to hell” The above is the first line of the first chapter of The Hunter the first Parker novel by Donald E Westlake writing as Richard StarkMr Westlake told an interviewer All fiction starts with language what kind of language do you use starts with the language then goes to the story then goes to the people And regarding his Parker novels specifically I want the language to be very stripped down and bleak and no adverbs; I want it stark So the name will be Stark just to remind me what we're doing hereAs they say the rest is history Under the pen name of Richard Stark grand master of crime fiction Donald E Westlake went on to write 24 Parker novels number 1 16 from 1962 to 1974 then number 17 24 from 1997 to 2008 The Hunter introduces readers to Parker one of the most memorable characters in all of fiction That's right not just crime fiction but all fiction Physically Parker is big and shaggy with flat suare shoulders His hands swinging curve fingered at his sides looked like they were molded of brown clay by a sculptor who thought big and liked veins His hair was brown and dry and deadHis face was a chipped chunk of concrete with eyes of flawed onyx His mouth was a uick stroke bloodlessParker is always Parker he's never called by his first name if he has one at all but you can bet a mil if he did it wouldn't be Clarence or Alister or Yale Parker has been working heists for eighteen years roughly one a year where he joins other heisters on a job hit an ard car rob a bank steal jewelry that kind of thing usually going for cash since it's the cleanest On the job Parker is always the true professional all business focused keenly perceptive constantly thinking through the possibilities Parker is also the ultimate heister solid steady calm cold calculating keen on self survival and last but hardly least willing to kill whenever necessary Mr Westlake recounts his dealings with publishers When Bucklin Moon of Pocket Books said he wanted to publish The Hunter if I’d help Parker escape the law at the end so I could write books about him I was at first very surprised He was the bad guy in the bookOh yea bad to the bone Here's what Dennis Lehane contemporary crime writer and lifelong fan of Richard Stark has to say Parker is as bad as he seems If a baby carriage rolled in front of him during a heist he'd kick it out of his way If an innocent woman were caught helplessly in gangster crossfire Parker would slip past her happy she was drawing the bullets away from him If you stole from him he'd burn your house or corporation to the ground to get his money back And that hardness remains consistent in all 24 Parker novels As per Mr Westlake I’d done nothing to make him easy for the reader; no small talk no uirks no pets I told myself the only way I could do it is if I held onto what Buck seemed to like the very fact that he was a compendium of what your lead character should not be I must never soften him never make him user friendly and I’ve tried to hold to thatTurning to The Hunter recall Parker tells that driver of the Chevy to go to hell Parker's walking across the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan Parker's going for a very specific reason to find wife Lynn and a guy by the name of Mal Resnick since both wife and Mal pulled a double cross on him back in California during a heist As he takes long strides across the bridge Parker can feel his large hands around Mal's neck sueezing demanding Mal tell him how he can get his 45000 his fair split from that California job Then when Mal spills Parker tightens his sueeze until Mal's cowardly eyes bulge and he breaths no As to how it all plays out you'll have to read for yourself And I dare you to stop reading after you're done with chapter one Shifting to philosophy two of the many reasons why Richard Stark will appeal to a much wider audience than simply crime fiction buffs Number One On the Parker novels the great Irish authorcritic John Banville tells us This is existential man at his furthest extremity confronting a world that is even wicked and treacherous than he is Since I'm a huge fan of existential literature with its themes of alienation absurdity freedom authenticity explored by such French authors as Jean Paul Sartre Albert Camus Georges Simenon and Pascal Garnier I'm especially taken by Richard Stark Number TwoAnthropologists cite prior to the advent of agriculture six thousand years ago we humans were hunters for nearly one hundred thousand years In many ways Parker embodies this hunting spirit The Hunter so appropriate a title Thus on some level we can feel a kinship with Parker Also according to one of WestlakeStark's leading critics Parker is a wolf in human form Now of course wolves hunt in packs Parker is a heister and heisters like wolves work in packs But here's the rub the other men and women mostly men Parker must work with are human all too human with their bloody human emotions and human personalities that always seem to get in the damn way And herein lies the great drama of the Parker novels to see how Parker the wolf responds to all the many challenges and double crosses he must inevitably deal with So grippingAmerican author Donald E Westlake 1933 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 uietly 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 racetrackThey’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 A very cold book about a very hard man Master thief Parker has been left for dead betrayed by his partner and his wife and now he's out for revenge If you like sociopath heroes this is the noir for you particularly if you also appreciate a spare efficient prose styleThe Hunter has been filmed twice 1 the stylish nihilistic cult classic Point Blank with Lee Marvin and 2the vicious misanthropic Payback with Mel Gibson Both are worth watching

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The HunterBecause he’ll stop at nothing to get what he’s afterParker 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 toIn The Hunter the first volume in the series Parker roars into New York City seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed This is not a graphic novel It is the Richard Stark novel that includes eight or nine full page illustrations by Darwyn CookeI can not recommend this book highly enoughNot is it a great example of great writing by Mr Westlake it is also an amazingly well produced book Beautifully bound in leather and cloth with extraordinary end papers and utilizing heavy paper stock this is a treat for any lover of fine uality book makingIf you have not read this book there is a part of your reading life that is not complete I read the original years ago I could not pass up this new version with illustrations by Darwyn Cooke It's beautifully produced IDW have also produced a graphic novel of this first installment of the Parker series The name and description are uite similar Be awareIDW have promised the next installment of the series is to be published soon by them I can only hope this is so