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on 15 August 2017
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on 8 January 2010
Keep it simple, wait for the doublecross, and kill people. Less a book, more a film script. This title, together with The Man with the Getaway Face and The Outfit are an essential trilogy in any collection of crime fiction novels.
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on 30 September 2015
Very happy with order.
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on 30 April 2017
Brilliant
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on 4 September 2010
If you know anything about Donald Westlake's alter ego - Richard Stark - and his series of brutal, brilliant, STARKly written crime thrillers, then you will know that the protagonist, Parker, has been played on screen by Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall, and Mel Gibson. But to know who Parker really is, where he came from, where he's going, and the lengths he will go to get what he wants, you need to start here. The Hunter opens the series with a bang, and even though Parker is a nasty piece of work, you will just love the guy. The perfect anti-hero. This particular edition by Chicago University press is well worth it. Lovely edition, cool cover. First of a lovingly produced series of hard crime thrillers. Unmissable if you are serious about pulp fiction.
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on 29 November 2011
I decided to read this book based on the reviews. I hadn't realised the film Payback with mel gibson was loosely based on the novel. Parker the main character, isn't a particularly nice person, but by the end I was right behind him. Non stop fast action, no messing with loads of superfluous words, just a great, great storyline. I read this in 5 hours, I literally couldn't put it down. I loved it, in fact im on with the next one in the series which follows on where the story ends. I can't say much more apart from superb!! If you manage to get a copy you won't be disappointed.
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on 27 July 2009
For anyone unable to locate a copy of Point Blank, seek no further; this is it with the original title. The Lee Marvin film didn't do it justice, taking too many liberties due to Parker being considered just a little non-PC for a movie anti-hero of the time. In the more recent version, Payback starring Mel Gibson, Parker's character was much closer to Stark's version, although reviews called him "a small-time crook." As the book explains, Parker has no experience of stealing anything small!

One thing always puzzles me though...Hollywood has filmed several Parker books, but always insist on changing his name. curious. Jim Beatson.
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on 1 December 2013
The story zips along at a good pace, occasional skipping backwards and forwards in the time-frame to add interest. The book can be criticised for its misogynist tendencies, but this, sadly, is true to the period - early sixties, Mad Men and all that. Readers who like, say, Elmore Leonard or Jim Thompson, are probably going to like this. It's a good place to get started on Richard Stark/Donald E Westlake. The Hunter is also of interest for providing the story for the great John Boorman film Point Blank. And the Kindle transcription is good.
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on 13 August 2013
I came to the Parker novels via Westlake's Dortmunder series, the more cheery, incompetent alter-ego of Parker. Although some of the sardonic lines that Parker comes out with parallel the witty wordplay in the Dortmunder series, as a whole things are a lot more grim. It's a bit like the difference between the film Get Carter (violent, filled with death and painful consequences) and the film people *think* Get Carter is (a knockabout jolly from the 1960s with Michael Caine that provides you with cool posters to decorate your walls).

It's not that it's not good - it's well written, and unlike the Dortmunder novels there are few enough characters that you can pick it up very easily - but it's grim. You have people accidentally choking to death, suicides, stranglings and innocents being deprived of all their savings. This isn't the sort of book you'd read for a cheery respite from a stressful day.

On the other hand, my 6-week year old daughter appeared to enjoy The Hunter just as much as any of the Dortmunder books that she's had read to her so far. And it does have a plot that's a lot more entertaining than most of the books that are aimed at a pre-schooler.
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on 22 September 2014
Good read the main character is brutally honest in his quest for revenge. Sometimes it's a bit to harsh and dark but all in all a good thumping read
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