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The Handle (Parker Novels)

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Written between 1962 and 1974 and published under the great Donald Westlake's most famous pseudonym, these 15 novels - featuring the relentless antihero Parker - put the "hard" in hardboiled. If you love the style and period of Mad Men but long for more gun battles and bloody knuckles, Stark is for you! Offer good on select titles, new (not used) copies only.

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style — and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency — Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover — and become addicted to. This season's offerings include volumes 7–9 in the series: The Seventh, The Handle, and The Rare Coin Score.

In The Handle, Parker is enlisted by the mob to knock off an island casino guarded by speedboats and heavies, forty miles from the Texas coast.

Review:

"Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude." Elmore Leonard

Review:

"Donald Westlake's Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you’ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust — these are the books you'll want on that desert island." Lawrence Block

Review:

"Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible." Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style—and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency—Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover—and become addicted to.

In The Handle, Parker is enlisted by the mob to knock off an island casino guarded by speedboats and heavies, forty miles from the Texas coast

"Parker . . . lumbers through the pages of Richard Stark’s noir novels scattering dead bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a complex world [he] makes things simple.”—William Grimes, New York Times

“Whatever Stark writes, I read. He’s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.”—Elmore Leonard

“Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.”—Washington Post Book World

“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you’ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll want on that desert island.”—Lawrence Block

About the Author

Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008), a prolific author of noir crime fiction. In 1993 the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society's highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226771069
Author:
Stark, Richard
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Foreword by:
Sante, Luc
Foreword:
Sante, Luc
Author:
Sante, Luc
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Parker (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Parker Novels
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 176 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226771069 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude."
"Review" by , "Donald Westlake's Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you’ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust — these are the books you'll want on that desert island."
"Review" by , "Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible."
"Synopsis" by ,

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style—and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency—Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover—and become addicted to.

In The Handle, Parker is enlisted by the mob to knock off an island casino guarded by speedboats and heavies, forty miles from the Texas coast

"Parker . . . lumbers through the pages of Richard Stark’s noir novels scattering dead bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a complex world [he] makes things simple.”—William Grimes, New York Times

“Whatever Stark writes, I read. He’s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.”—Elmore Leonard

“Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.”—Washington Post Book World

“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you’ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll want on that desert island.”—Lawrence Block

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