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The Hunter (1962)

by Richard Stark

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Series: Richard Stark's Parker (1)

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You probably haven't noticed them, but they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits. 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. They're heisters. They're pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. 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.… (more)
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Parker learns that the man who pressured his wife to kill him and stole his share of the loot from a job has used the money to buy his way back into the Outfit. He tracks the man down, kills him and then pressures the Outfit into paying him back. This is the first book featuring Parker, reprinted with a foreword by Donald Westlake. For the most part Parker is cool and calculating, keeping his temper and appetites under control. He lives by doing a few big, well planned and executed thefts per year and living between jobs in resort hotels. He works with people he knows and has reason to trust and brutally punishes betrayal.
  ritaer | Jun 15, 2024 |
Organization Man versus an atavistic independent too competent (or simply too mean) to let a little thing like being left for dead get in the way of the money that he “earned.” Surprisingly grim even for someone familiar with the Parker character from later books and multiple film adaptations; and yet also darkly funny, if simplistic, satire, with a clear interest in the logistics and process of the crime genre.
  structuregeek | Sep 18, 2023 |
Richard Stark, a pseudonym for acclaimed crime novelist Donald E. Westlake, created a character named Parker in this novel, and Parker is as stark a creation as the author's nom de plume. The basis of at least two films, including the classic Point Blank of John Boorman and Lee Marvin, the book is gritty, hardboiled in the extreme, and wonderfully paced. To create a character as unappealing as Parker who is, however, fascinating and, in fact, appealing, is a rare achievement. Stark took Parker through a number of books. This one makes me want to read the others. Parker is a hard case, seeking revenge on the man and woman who double-crossed him. That the woman is his wife makes things just that much more intriguing. This is one tough book, and a great read. ( )
  jumblejim | Aug 26, 2023 |
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Basis of movie Payback ( )
  Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
A masterpiece.
Quality absolute quality.
Completely engaging from first to last page, beautifully written with superb characterisation throughout.
Atmospheric clever descriptive intelligent storytelling.
Short and to the point no waste.
Often funny occasionally laugh out loud so, some violence.
Completely and utterly recommended. ( )
  Gudasnu | Jun 22, 2023 |
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Stark’s novels are not only entertaining for what they are—midcentury noirs—but they are also better than a lot of what was coming out back then.
 

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You probably haven't noticed them, but they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits. 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. They're heisters. They're pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. 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.

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You probably haven’t ever noticed them. But they’ve noticed you. They notice everything. That’s their job. Sitting quietly 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 racetrack.

They’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, because he’ll stop at nothing to get what he’s after.
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