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5.0 out of 5 stars the 60s relived
Written in 1963 and, I believe, only just recently published, Edward Bunker's novel of a shifty con-man, Ernie Stark, really brings back memories of all those Humphrey Bogart films.

How times change. Ernie is a hustler and manages to outwit those whom he works for in the drug business. Bunker makes the job look easy - and the drugs cheap. Which I guess they...
Published on 12 May 2008 by Michael Watson

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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Stark' doesn't add to Bunker's legacy.
'Stark' was, as far as is known, Bunker's first novel. Unpublished in his lifetime, it has been put out along with some other 'lost' works with the permission of his widow.

'Stark' is a perfectly acceptable piece of early-60s pulp-noir, but no more than that, and it doesn't bear comparison with the main body of Bunkers work.

I would recommend this...
Published on 16 Dec. 2008 by A. Miles


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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Stark' doesn't add to Bunker's legacy., 16 Dec. 2008
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A. Miles (Al Khor, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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'Stark' was, as far as is known, Bunker's first novel. Unpublished in his lifetime, it has been put out along with some other 'lost' works with the permission of his widow.

'Stark' is a perfectly acceptable piece of early-60s pulp-noir, but no more than that, and it doesn't bear comparison with the main body of Bunkers work.

I would recommend this book only to completists: If you want to read some Bunker, all of his other books are much superior to this one: If you want to read some 50s/60s pulp, go to the masters like Jim Thompson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the 60s relived, 12 May 2008
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Michael Watson "skirrow22" (Halifax, England) - See all my reviews
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Written in 1963 and, I believe, only just recently published, Edward Bunker's novel of a shifty con-man, Ernie Stark, really brings back memories of all those Humphrey Bogart films.

How times change. Ernie is a hustler and manages to outwit those whom he works for in the drug business. Bunker makes the job look easy - and the drugs cheap. Which I guess they were 50 years ago.

I enjoyed this book, not the least because it's an easy book to read; it has a style now overlooked in today's thriller. The pace is fast, there is no wasted detail in a great amount of character development but that's not the point. Bunker writes as he knows it and it shows. The final twist at the end concludes what should be a very good summer read.
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