You probably havenat ever noticed them. But theyave noticed you. They notice everything. Thatas their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellersa 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 racetrack. Theyare thieves. Heisters, to be precise. Theyare pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If youare planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heisteras heister, the robberas robber, the heavyas heavy. You donat want to cross him, and you donat want to get in his way, because heall stop at nothing to get what heas after. Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Starkas 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-styleaand adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgencyaStark 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 discoveraand become addicted to. In The Hunter, the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption. aWestlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.aaWashington Post Book World aElmore Leonard wouldnat write what he does if Stark hadnat been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldnat write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.aaLos Angeles Times aDonald Westlakeas Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap youave been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proustathese are the books youall want on that desert island.aaLawrence BlockIn The Hunter, the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption. aWestlake knows precisely how to ...
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