The Hunter (Parker Series #1)

The Hunter (Parker Series #1)

by Richard Stark
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The Hunter (Parker Series #1) by Richard Stark

His partners had crossed him; his wife had emptied a .38 at his belly, and they'd left him in a burning house. Parker was tougher than they'd thought, but some business in the pen kept him busy for a while. Now he was out, and there was a matter of $45,000 - his $45,000 and a matter of revenge that needed his immediate attention. Parker would have both, even if it meant going up against every man in the mob.

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ISBN-13: 9780380686278
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/1984
Series: Parker Series , #1
Pages: 112

About the Author

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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The Hunter (Parker Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$9.52 for Nook edition. $3.99 for Kindle edition. What gives?
LaurenBDavis More than 1 year ago
Although there is considerable charm to this noirest of noir crime books, and the furious pace and stylistic dialogue notwithstanding, the problem I have with it is that the protagonist is written as a psychopath. I quite like anti-heroes, and have a soft spot for hard men (you'll pardon the pun), but I like my anti-heroes with a modicum of morality, a soupcon of sentiment, a hint of humor and heart. Parker's indifference to the women in the book is unsettling, to say the least, including the woman he "accidentally" kills. Vengeance is all well and good, I suppose, and retribution has its place, but not to be even slightly ambivalent about the suicide of his wife (even if she did shoot him and leave him for dead) leaves this reader with no choice but to conclude he has no emotions whatsoever, and such a soul-dead protagonist is of limited interest. Anti-heros are at their best when they are complicated, conflicted and are capable of deep feeling. A quick afternoon read. No more.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
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.
Another_Old_Guy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can anyone list the 24 Parker books in order for me please?
Bob-from-Irvine More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, my first Parker read. What a great character Parker is, totally tough, pretty smart and mostly amoral. A solo criminal sets out to settle scores and does so, just like that. No hand wringing, no tears, not a surplus word. If Elmore Leonard's heroes were bad guys instead of good guys, it would have been something like this. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
Janus More than 1 year ago
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.
emeka More than 1 year ago
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
JKHoffman 6 months ago
A fantastic walk on the noir side with one of its darker residents. A crime novel with no truly redeemable characters, just like life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gritty protagonist with last century morals takes you on a fast paced read that is a serious page turner but probably not that enjoyable for female readers.
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A Must Read
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