Friday, July 3, 2015

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

Parker: The Hunter by Richard Stark with Illustrations by Darwyn Cooke
author: Richard Stark
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.34
book published: 1962
rating: 5
read at: 2015/07/03
date added: 2015/07/03
'Parker: The Hunter' is by Richard Stark. This edition has illustrations and an introducton by Darwyn Cooke, who has been doing graphic novel treatments of the Parker novels.

Parker is not a nice guy. Especially when he's been double-crossed and sent to prison. Especially when his wife is untrue, and someone has stolen a bunch of money. Now he's out of prison and he wants to set things right. He is on the hunt and no one will stand in his way. Not his ex-wife. Not the guy who did this to him. Maybe not even the mafia.

This book was written in 1962, and while elements may feel a bit dated (I prefer the terms classic and nostalgic), the character feels like something out of a Liam Neeson movie. This is the character that gave birth to a lot of the modern anti-heroes we cheer on in fiction and film.

Darwyn Cooke's occasional illustrations are a direct homage to the story and era. They are full color and full page and I really loved them.

The introduction won't give any new information to true fans, but for the casual or new Westlake reader, you'll learn that this was almost a singular novel, but thanks to a publisher, it spawned a series of great novels. This is a great edition if you've never read anything in the Parker series. If you like a story about a man with a relentless thirst for revenge, you should love Parker.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Diamond Book Distributors, IDW Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

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