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The Hunter (Parker Series #1)

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The Hunter

Parker is a lot like actors such as Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, etc. The only difference is that all of these actors look like pussycats next to Parker. Parker is mean, violent, has few redeeming qualities morally, and he's one of the greatest charact...
Parker is a lot like actors such as Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, etc. The only difference is that all of these actors look like pussycats next to Parker. Parker is mean, violent, has few redeeming qualities morally, and he's one of the greatest characters in all of fiction. The Hunter, by Richard Parker (alias for Donald Westlake) is the novel to introduce Parker, a professional thief. As far as plot goes, all you must know is that Parker is out on revenge. Just follow along and enjoy the ride. This has turned out to be one of my favorite novels ever. Stark is an amazing writer, great prose, dialogue, and generally, he's just an amazing story-teller. There are 24 books in the Parker series and I cannot wait to read all of them.

posted by McCarthy92 on October 5, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Pricing?

$9.52 for Nook edition. $3.99 for Kindle edition. What gives?

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    The Hunter

    With two movie adaptations, a person would think I'd have heard of the Parker series sooner. I'm ashamed to say I had not. This is vintage crime writing at its best: from the criminal's p.o.v. Parker is not a nice man. He's not even a remotely decent human being and yet somehow we still end up cheering for him. If you're a fan of raw-knuckled, woman slapping (but not in the domestic abuse way, I just wanted to clarify), cop kicking old fashioned crime fiction, then pick up a Parker novel.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    A brilliant intoduction into the dark world of parker

    Originally published many years ago the first of the parker series is a brilliant introduction to the amoral and violent world of a profesional criminal.Donald westlake writing as starck is a revelation and an original

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    In a league by himself

    Donald Westlake writing under one of his many names starts his 'Parker' series with Hunter. Parker is a nasty piece of work, living in a world of working acquaintances and no friends or emotion. The work is high level theft. Bank jobs, armored cars....big hits for big returns. There is nothing to like about these characters, but you do; and even though they are pocket or old style dime store novels, you enjoy them. The humor that Westlake puts in his Dortmunder stories is missing in the Parker books and the hard edge is immediately evident. This novel comes out the gate well for a new character series and leave you looking for more.

    I'm not sure any of the movie adaptations capture the feel of the books, so don't pass up the read because you liked or didn't like the movie.

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