Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Hunter- Illustrated & in Hardcover

Parker: The Hunter, by Richard Stark, Illustrations by Darwyn Cooke

Book Description:

 "The Hunter is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind — to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him!
For fans of gritty in-your face crime-fiction graphic novels, there is no comparison."

Angie's Review:

If you've never read any of the Parker novels, let me give you a bit of background. "Parker" is a character created by Richard Stark, who was himself just one of many pen names of Donald Westlake. The Parker novels came out in the 1960s, and The Hunter was the first of them. The Hunter may also be recognizable to some, even if they've never read the book, as it has been adapted into a screenplay twice- the 1967 movie, Point Blank and the 1999 movie, Payback.

It is a book about a cold, emotionless criminal who is back-stabbed by his ex-wife and one of his partners in crime. They leave him for dead, and very unfortunately for them, they didn't finish the job. So, Parker comes looking for them. It was a first of it's kind. That sort of dark crime novel with an anti-hero just wasn't a genre before Parker came along. They had done criminals as heroes before, but never a guy who really was a bad guy. Parker doesn't really have redeeming qualities. He is a sociopath whose sole motivation in this book is revenge and money. And Westlake's writing style in The Hunter is stark- just like the pen name he chose to write under. So, the book had that something that captured the imaginations of other writers and movie makers. It was gritty, and hard; cold and remorseless, and ground-breaking. And people ate it up.

So, this edition of The Hunter is a tribute to the original. It is the complete novel, accompanied by full color illustrations by Darwyn Cooke. Cooke has previously adapted the Parker novels into comic form, and so this illustrated edition is another way he has chosen to pay homage to the Westlake novels that he loves. And the illustrations here are very gorgeous. The style captures the 1960s feel perfectly and so it compliments the book in just the right way.

This makes a great gift for someone you know who is a fan of Westlake or the Parker books, or who is just a big fan of crime fiction. Or if you're someone who loves crime novels, this might be the time to start reading about Parker.

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