Characters > Parker

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.

Parker, 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.

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    The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake as Richard Stark

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.

Year: 1962
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Man with the Getaway Face by Donald E. Westlake as Richard Stark

Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet: an armored car in New Jersey, stuffed with cash.

Year: 1963
Genre: Bank RobberyOrganized Crime

    The Mourner by Donald E. Westlake as Richard Stark

The Mourner is a story of convergence--of cultures and of guys with guns. Hot on the trail of a statue stolen from a fifteenth-century French tomb, Parker enters a world of eccentric art collectors, greedy foreign officials, and shady KGB agents.

Year: 1963
Genre: ArcheologyStolen Goods

    The Outfit by Donald E. Westlake as Richard Stark

Parker goes toe-to-toe with the mob--hitting them with heist after heist after heist--and the entire underworld learns an unforgettable lesson: whatever Parker does, he does deadly.

Year: 1963
Genre: Organized Crime

    The Score by Donald E. Westlake as Richard Stark

Parker works with a group of professional con men in The Score on his biggest job yet--robbing an entire town in North Dakota.

Year: 1963
Genre: Crime Fiction


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YearTitle

1962The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake
1963The Man with the Getaway Face by Donald E. Westlake
1963The Mourner by Donald E. Westlake
1963The Outfit by Donald E. Westlake
1963The Score by Donald E. Westlake

 

 

 


 

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