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read The Hunter epub Ú Paperback Å 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 behiYou 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 Okay so I did this backwards read my first Parker via Darwyn Cooke’s sixties retro illustrated version which I liked but you know the source material is better natch This is a short classic that introduces Parker a brutal thief bent in this first book on revenge Which you have to admit is an interesting iin media res place to begin right Betrayed and left for dead by his wife double crossed by Mal his partner in crime Parker rather methodically takes out person after person on the way to getting his money back Nothing personal Just businessParker is not an admirable guy He’s a professional thief has ice only in his veins is not particularly sweet to women having been dumped by his wife and will kill if he has to And he feels he has to now Parker in addition to fighting for his fair share has some expensive tastes He’s James Bond if Bond says things like this to set up his revenge “I'm going to drink his blood I'm going to chew up his heart and spit it into the gutter for the dogs to raise a leg at I'm going to peel the skin off him and rip out his veins and hang him with them”He doesn't usually talk this way but this is him if you make him angry I listened to this book on audiotape I’ll listen to #2 sure I’m no dope Parker warned me I had to And you don't want to double cross Parker

The HunterYou 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 Okay so I did this backwards read my first Parker via Darwyn Cooke’s sixties retro illustrated version which I liked but you know the source material is better natch This is a short classic that introduces Parker a brutal thief bent in this first book on revenge Which you have to admit is an interesting iin media res place to begin right Betrayed and left for dead by his wife double crossed by Mal his partner in crime Parker rather methodically takes out person after person on the way to getting his money back Nothing personal Just businessParker is not an admirable guy He’s a professional thief has ice only in his veins is not particularly sweet to women having been dumped by his wife and will kill if he has to And he feels he has to now Parker in addition to fighting for his fair share has some expensive tastes He’s James Bond if Bond says things like this to set up his revenge “I'm going to drink his blood I'm going to chew up his heart and spit it into the gutter for the dogs to raise a leg at I'm going to peel the skin off him and rip out his veins and hang him with them”He doesn't usually talk this way but this is him if you make him angry I listened to this book on audiotape I’ll listen to #2 sure I’m no dope Parker warned me I had to And you don't want to double cross Parker

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The Hunter Ü 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 The Hunter Donald Westlake aka Richard Stark writes the first Parker NovelI wrote an absolutely brilliant review of The Hunter A Parker Novel last night Trust me it really was Then it simply vanished The laptop hiccuped and all those wonderful words went off to where good words go to dieRichard Stark was a guy I had never heard of until I joined goodreads group Pulp Fiction Donald E Westlake I had heard of I was in Junior High School when I read Fugitive Pigeon It was a stitch although it was probably a good thing the Mum didn't monitor my reading that closelyNow comes another confession I find myself doing that a lot these days I shhhhhh have a Nook I'm basically a cheapskate about some things That way I can save up and by signed first editionsAbout being a cheapskate I chose Nook over Kindle because I can take that little Nook to a brick and mortar BN and read a book for free for an hour at a time per day Yes FREE Of course I buy a cup of coffee sip on that and check out the scenery passing by Tuscaloosa is a college town The University of Alabama typically supplies a bounty of beauty to Playboy's The Girls of the SEC I only know that from what I read in the news I stopped reading Playboy for the interviews a few decades back Of course I say that with a completely straight faceWe are in a false spring It has been unusually warm for January The daffodils are popping as are the paper whites snow bells and the like The Saucer Magnolias and the Mock Orange bushes are completely confusedYesterday was the perfect afternoon to head over to BN have a coffee and finish off Parker in The Hunter Finishing off Parker isn't the proper terminology The series extended over 45 years the last Parker Dirty Money appearing in 2008 the year that WestlakeStark died The University of Chicago Press began reprinting the Parker series that same year and Westlake gave a helluva interview regarding his writing with some particular points on his creation of Parker The Hunter came out as a Pocket Book in December 1962 Christopher Lehman Haupt an astute reviewer for the New York Times picked up that something special was going on when he reviewed it in January 1963 He waxed elouently on the virtues of the novel and said that this debut novelist was no new voice This novel had to be the work of a seasoned crime writer Of course he was right It was Donald Westlake the seasoned writer hiding behind the pseudonym of Richard Stark because he was already under contract with two other publishers under different names When Bucklyn 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 bookMore than that I’d done nothing to make him easy for the reader; no smalltalk 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 that How did Westlake make it hard for the reader Merely calling Parker the bad guy in the book is an understatement Parker is completely amoral He is a heist man And he will kill you to keep what he steals He is relentless ruthless and remorselessTo simply call Parker a thief doesn't encompass the degree of violence the man can inflict If your idea of a heist caper is Topkapi and you like your thieves smooth suave and svelte cat burglars as Cary Grant in Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief or urbane and witty as David Niven in the original Pink Panther Richard Stark is not your kind of author and Parker is not your kind of thiefHold the champagne and caviar A cold beer and a bloody burger is appropriate fare when reading Richard StarkYes Parker's debut is a heist caper We meet him as he's entering New York City in search of his wife Lynne and a man named Mal Resnick Why They took something of his and he wants it back WestlakeStark plays with plot in the manner of uentin Tarentino in Pulp Fiction The plot line jumps from present to past and back again before the full why is revealed And The Hunter is a uick brutal read A few coffees and a few hours here and there at BN you're done It's not even like Chinese food that leaves you hungry in a few hours The end of The Hunter draws you immediately to the next again all yours for free with your trusty Nook and a few hours to spare You will feel that you're as guilty of under tipping as Parker consistently does with every meal he takes I'm not worried about itWhat is it that has fascinated so many readers about Parker He is the anti hero Some critics have defined him simply as the perfect non hero It's a uestion of degree Evil is relative Parker is a hardworking professional stiff Mal his cohort in crime is a Syndicate man The Syndicate is an insidious network of goombahs holding one another up for the greater good of the chiefs up the line who prefer to call themselves The Organization It's rather like cheering for Rudolph Hess to cut a separate peace with England and kick Hitler's legs out from beneath himThen there's Parker's prep method logic and thoroughness in carrying out any plan he makes He's careful And this time he has the element of surprise on his side Everyone involved in the heist where Parker was set up by Mal is either dead or believes Parker is deadParker will stop at nothing to get what belongs to him He'll even take on the whole Syndicate the Outfit as the mob's soldiers call itWomen Oh they notice him It's the hands they notice first The face that appears to have been chiseled out of concrete The veins that bulge and ripple beneath his huge hands women instinctively know are made for slapping But they're also indicative of something else bulging with rippling veins beneath his slacks that sends a shiver up their skirts As Westlake says Parker is a man who will fall on a woman like a tree Sexist Yes Chauvinistic Yes Shamelessly so But face it I've known many women who were attracted to the Parkers out there After all I did direct a domestic violence shelter And this behavior is another aspect of what makes Parker the unlikeable character he isThe 2008 Westlake interview provides further insight into the fascination for Parker's violence uestion Most of the characters who get hurt in these novels are tastelessly dressed arrogant dim lazy or fussy; they whine about their wives and they definitely don’t appreciate hard work Parker may not abide by most moral codes but whenever a character behaves like a complete jerk his or her life expectancy goes down Why is thisWestlake I hadn’t looked at it that way but I suppose it must relate to Hemingway’s judgment on people that the competent guy does it on his own and the incompetents lean on each other And Parker knows how to lean on the incompetents It's coming on mid afternoon The wind's down rain's gone and the temperature is rising into the 70s It's about time for a cup of coffee Think I'll have it over at Barnes Noble I've got a bad case of early spring feverLet's see Next on the list The Man With the Getaway Face That's it All mineSome of my erudite compadres have been pondering weighty literary matters from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 Me I think I'll hang around down here on the low road for a while After that coffee I think I'll head over to a classic 1940s road house called the Oasis The neon cactus is pretty at night The juke box is loaded The waitress calls me Hon The beer is cold and the burgers are bloody Yeah I got friends book Ü É Richard Stark

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Richard Stark É The Hunter pdf Because 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 PARKER is after youIT’S PRETTY MUCH 45 to 50 stars I haven't read oodles of crime fiction but this is certainly one of the best I have read so far Parker is a pinnacle of the noirish badass main character He's simply superb In this first installment Parker returns to New York to “even up the score” with some former crew mates who double crossed him and left him for dead UhBIG MISTAKE for them Now Parker is out for payback and it's pretty much lights out for his former associates who soon come to the realization that they are in a world of hurt The further I got into the story the I started seeing Parker as almost inhuman like an irresistible force Single minded doesn’t begin to describe him for those on his bad side He will keep coming until one of you is dead and HE DOES NOT NEGOTIATE Basically he is one serious BAD ASS MOFO Seeing Parker portrayed in such a visceral gritty way was a lot of fun Definitely not a good guy but he is the kind of bad guy that you can't help but root for even when he is doing some pretty naughty things I found him to be a very compelling character In addition to Parker there is a fast paced plot and great NOIR LUSCIOUS style writing Overall a very entertaining read HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION