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The Hunter Read & download Ì 2 Ë 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 SurreptitiBecause 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. When we meet Parker we don’t know much about him He’s just a guy with shabby clothes and a bad attitude walking across the George Washington Bridge into New York without a dime to his name Within hours of arriving in Manhattan Parker has used an early ’60s form of identity theft to fill his wallet and set himself up uite nicely Clearly this is a resourceful guy As we uickly learn in The Hunter he’s also a guy that you do not want to double cross A professional thief Parker was betrayed robbed and left for dead by one of his partners Mal Resnick who turned Parker’s wife against him Mal used the money he took from Parker to pay off a debt he owed to the Outfit and now he’s got good connections to the mob in New York Parker doesn’t care who got the money or who Mal knows he just wants to satisfy his grudgesIt’d been a while since I’d read any of the early Parker novels and I was a little worried about how they’d hold up Thankfully they‘ve aged with style With Parker we’d get the prototype to the anti hero professional thief and there are countless fictional characters that owe a debt to him Since this initial book has Parker seeking revenge for a very personal double cross he’s angry than he’d be for most of the series but he’d always have that blunt and no nonsense nature On some levels Parker seems completely amoral but he’s a ruthless pragmatist not a psychopath He doesn't hurt anyone unless it's necessary but if he needs to kill someone to get away with the loot he doesn't hesitate for a secondI read somewhere once that when asked why he used the Richard Stark pen name for these novels that Westlake replied that he wrote his funny comic capers as himself on sunny days but that on rainy days he wrote as Stark Fortunately for crime fans Westlake must have had a lot of rainy daysAnd a big Thank You to the University of Chicago press for reprinting the hard to find early Parker books in these gorgeous trade paperbacks

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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 HunterHim 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?. Four men collaborate on a heist and everything goes well until one man decides he can't share and tries to off the others But Parker doesn't die and comes looking for revenge But will revenge be enough for Parker Wow I'd been looking forward to reading Richard Stark's Parker books for uite some time and I'd say I'm hooked with the first one Parker's a relentless force of nature with few redeeming ualities The writing shows just how versatile a writer Donald Westlake was powerful yet sparse Westlake didn't waste words on this oneThe plot isn't revolutionary but the writing and the execution make it a home run The viewpoints shift back and forth from Parker and his intended victim It could have been a simple revenge story but it escalated into new levels The book itself is a little thin but that's because it's all meat and no fillerIf you're into crime books and are looking for something great give The Hunter a try You won't be disappointed