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Old 02-14-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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Richard Stark

My hero... anyone else here read his Parker series?
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:24 PM   #2
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aka Donald Westlake.

Classic noir crime fiction author. Many of his books have been republished with different titles.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:26 PM   #3
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aka Donald Westlake.

Classic noir crime fiction author. Many of his books have been republished with different titles.
yes, my two favorite are The Outfit and The Score.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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I saw this tweeted earlier today its a partial transcript of a taped interview with Donald Weslake from 1973 it might be of interest.
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/pag...mmett-and-more
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:42 AM   #5
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Never heard of him until reading this thread.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:33 AM   #6
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Was about to say "who's Richard Stark" ?

Then realised he was Donald Westlake, and I like the Parker series too, but never really took-in the author's name !

As Westlake, didn't he write a heist story involving a mobile home parked outside the bank, or similar ?
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:59 AM   #7
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Remember having chuckled through a couple of Donald E Westlake books (Dortmunder), but didn't know about the Parker series.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:27 AM   #8
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I'm still working my way through the series, having been a late-comer to Parker after buying a three-book anthology in a discount store a couple of years ago. I am on #16.

I like to save them and use them a "pallett cleansers" after reading something heavy or tiresome. Freshens me right up .
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:39 AM   #9
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Never heard of him until reading this thread.
first book in the series is 'the hunter' written in 1961 i believe.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:39 AM   #10
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Was about to say "who's Richard Stark" ?

Then realised he was Donald Westlake, and I like the Parker series too, but never really took-in the author's name !

As Westlake, didn't he write a heist story involving a mobile home parked outside the bank, or similar ?
yeah i think you mean 'bank shot.'
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:40 AM   #11
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Remember having chuckled through a couple of Donald E Westlake books (Dortmunder), but didn't know about the Parker series.
radically different characters... although they had sort of a crossover in 'jimmy the kid.'
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:41 AM   #12
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I'm still working my way through the series, having been a late-comer to Parker after buying a three-book anthology in a discount store a couple of years ago. I am on #16.

I like to save them and use them a "pallett cleansers" after reading something heavy or tiresome. Freshens me right up .
i always have one for a flight... nice and fast reads, not a lot of big words
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:23 PM   #13
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Stephen King based his character "George Stark" on Westlake's pseudonym in "The Dark Half."
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #14
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Parker novels

I've loved reading the Parker series. They're much darker than the Westlake Dortmunder books, which are comic crime caper novels.
If you're a Parker fan, the first Parker novel (The Hunter) has been turned into a movie no less than three times:
The Hunter (adapted three times, as Point Blank (starring Lee Marvin) in 1967, as Full Contact in 1992, and as Payback (starring Mel Gibson) in 1999).
As it happens, I just watched Payback on TV a couple of days ago-- it's a really good adaptation.
If you've seen any of those movies & enjoyed them, you should check out the novels!
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Wasn't he that father of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.
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