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The Hunter: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Richard Stark
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1. September 2008 Parker Novels
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.

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  • Taschenbuch: 206 Seiten
  • Verlag: University of Chicago Press; Auflage: Revised. (1. September 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0226770990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226770994
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,2 x 14,7 x 1,1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 66.423 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude." - Elmore Leonard "Richard Stark's Parker novels... are among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, of any time." - John Banville, Bookforum "Parker is a true treasure.... The master thief is back, along with Richard stark." - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book 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 "Elmore Leonard wouldn't write what he does if Stark hadn't been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn't write what he does without Leonard.... Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better." - Los Angeles Times "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"

Synopsis

You probably haven't ever noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.They're thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They're pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you're planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister's heister, the robber's robber, the heavy's heavy. You don't want to cross him, and you don't want to get in his way, because he'll stop at nothing to get what he's after.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 Hunter", the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Parker zum Ersten! 21. Oktober 2008
Von Hiro
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Unter dem Pseudonym Richard Stark veröffentlicht Donald Westlake, Vielschreiber und Altmeister des Pulp, seit 46 Jahren die Kurzromane um seinen Protagonisten Parker.

Auf Deutsch leider nicht mehr erhältlich, hat sich der Buchverlag der University of Chicago das Ziel gesetzt, alle 26 Parker-Novels neu zu veröffentlichen, geplant sind 3 pro Jahr. Mit "The Hunter" liegt der erste Band vor, Cineasten wird der Film "Point Blank" mit Lee Marvin etwas sagen, dessen Romanvorlage "The Hunter" war.

Parker ist Berufkrimineller, emotions- und skrupellos geht er seinen Weg, ein Abweichen von seinen Plänen ist nicht vorgesehen. Blutbäder sind seine Sache nicht, dennoch scheut er vor keinem Mord zurück, um seine Ziele zu erreichen.

In "The Hunter" begleitet der Leser Parker auf einem Rachefeldzug. Westlakes Sprache ist simpel, knapp und glasklar. Nach einem Satz weiß man, wie Parker tickt, wenige Seiten später ist man gebannt vom Plot. Die kurzen Sätze machen den Text auch auf Englisch leicht verdaulich, also bitte keine Berührungsängste.

Das Buch ist in einem etwas ungewöhnlichen Format aufgelegt, es ist fast ein Heft, was ja durchaus zum Genre passt. Die Qualität ist in Ordnung.

Zur Wertung: Natürlich ist Westlake kein Literat wie Updike oder Roth. Aber innerhalb des Genres habe ich noch nichts Besseres gelesen, und so ist die Wertung zu verstehen. Und wenn man sich mal zu Gemüte führt, wie Westlake es schafft, daß man nach wenigen Seiten mit einem Unsympathen vor dem Herrn mitfiebert, dann dämmert einem, dass an dieser Schreibe vielleicht doch mehr dran ist, als es auf den ersten Blick scheint. 5 Sterne.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Schmerzensgeld... 8. Juli 2013
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...sollte man verlangen, dafür dass der Autor tatsächlich Geld für so ein Buch verlangt und dann auch noch mehr als 8 Euro. Dieses Mal hat mich echt jeder Euro gereut!!!
Ich verstehe nicht, weshalb dieser Autor so positiv angepriesen wird. Aber vielleicht ist es wie in der Kunst, wo ein Kunstverständiger vor Begeisterung jubelt und jauchzt und ich mir nur denke: So ein Gekritzel.
In diesem Buch geht es um einen 'lonesome wolf', der gegen die Organisation antritt. Einerseits schaltet er im Handumdrehen alle Profis mit 10 Schüssen aus einer 6-Schuss-Waffe aus während die Profis alle daneben schießen. Andererseits überzeugt er die übrigen Profis mit wenigen Worten und Gesten einfach vom Ort des Geschehens wegzugehen. Aha. Sehr lieblos geschrieben mit wenig spannenden Momenten.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Parker - The Anti-Hero 7. August 2004
Von David N. Cook - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Hunter (also known by it's movie names of Point Blank or Payback) is the beginning of the "Parker" series written by Donald E. Westlake under the penname of Richard Stark. These were paperback originals in a noir crime vein with Parker as the master thief and organizer of major robberies. Written from the early 60's through the mid-70's, the first 12 or so novels became cult classics especially popular with prisoners! DEW resumed the series due to popular demand in the 90's and has completed about 4 more with 1 more just being released. The writing style is stripped-down for fast action and none of the characters seems to have any conscience, least of all Parker. About half of the jobs Parker is involved in go bad due to unforseen problems like greed and betrayal, so murder (but only out of necessity) and revenge are common themes. This series has been reprinted over and over as new readers discover Parker and his single-minded focus on robbery to maintain his quietly luxurious but anonymous lifestyle. Serious literature? NO! Great fun for the crime novel fan? YES!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Parker Rules 3. Dezember 2007
Von Gunner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Hunter

This is the book where Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark introduces us to Parker in 1962. After re-reading the book after thitysomething years I realize that Lee Marvin was probably cast as a truer version of Parker. Danny DeVito would have been a good messenger and James Gandolfini would have made a better Mal Resnick. The ending was changed for the movie, but what the hey, that's Hollywood. I think I'll reread them all as my next project. They're that good.

I think Sam Elliott would make a great Parker. He could make a whole career out of this series.

As far as I can tell the other Parker books are:

1) The Hunter (1962; AKA Point Blank, Payback; Parker, by Richard Stark).
2) The Man With the Getaway Face (1963; AKA The Steel Hit; Parker,
3) The Outfit (1963; Parker, by Richard Stark)
4) The Mourner (1963; Parker, by Richard Stark)
5) The Score (1964; AKA Killtown; Parker, by Richard Stark)
6) The Jugger (1965; Parker, by Richard Stark)
7) The Seventh (1966; AKA The Split; Parker, by Richard Stark)
8) The Handle (1966; AKA Run Lethal; Parker, by Richard Stark)
9) The Rare Coin Score (1967; Parker, by Richard Stark)
10) The Green Eagle Score (1967; Parker, by Richard Stark)
11) The Black Ice Score (1968; Parker, by Richard Stark)
12) The Sour Lemon Score (1969; Parker, by Richard Stark)
13) Slayground (1971; Parker, by Richard Stark)
14) Deadly Edge (1971; Parker, by Richard Stark)
15) Plunder Squad (1972; Parker, by Richard Stark)
16) Butcher's Moon (1974; Parker, by Richard Stark)
17) Comeback (1997;
18) Backflash (1998; Parker)..
19) Flashfire (2000; Parker, by Richard Stark)..
20) Firebreak (2001; Parker, by Richard Stark) ..
21) Nobody Runs Forever (2004) Parker, by Richard Stark

Highly recommended for Parker fans and fans of action adventure stories.

Gunner December, 2007
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hardest of the Hard 16. Januar 2011
Von Mel Odom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've made a promise to reread all the early Parker novels by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) this year. The books are short and compact, and the reading will be a pleasure. I can burn through them in a sitting or two. The books are dated, of course, because most of them were written in the 1960s and early 1970s, and cell phones and the internet weren't prevalent. The targets of the professional criminals in these books would be a lot more difficult in present day.

But I can slip back into the time period effortlessly. Some of the younger generation of readers might struggle with that lack of technology unless they're well-versed in period piece stuff - back in the old days when they had to try to trace phone numbers.

Parker is one of those iconic characters in fiction that will forever stand out. He's been played by Lee Marvin (Point Blank), Chow Yun Fat (Full Contact) and by Mel Gibson (Payback). That's some rarified air there, folks. He's a big, gnarly brute of a man in the novels, a cold-heated professional when on the job, able to cut losses and throats with a single flick of a knife. As the series progresses, Parker softens a little, but not much. He maintains a bleak outlook on life and I love him for it. Comic writers like Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka probably read Stark, or at least works by other writers who were inspired by the Parker books.

In this first volume, Parker is on a mission of vengeance. He barely survived the last heist after being betrayed by one of his partners and his wife. Now he wants his cut of the profits. The double-cross is more complicated than Parker realizes. When the ex-partner took the money, it wasn't just about the money. The man needed the stake to buy his way back into the Outfit (Mafia) and get back into their good graces after blowing another operation that nearly got him killed.

Watching Parker coolly work his way up the chain of people involved to reach the offices of the Mafia, where he brazenly demands his money, is an absolute treat. In some ways, Parker reminds me of Joe Pike, Robert Crais's hero. Neither one of them will give an inch, no matter what it costs them personally. Giving in to someone one, in their view, is much worse than dying. I like that about those kinds of characters.

This book was an absolute delight to read even though I'd seen both movies and read the book years ago (at least twice). I finished it in a couple nights and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

Comics enthusiasts (and readers that enjoyed this story and might want to follow it into other incarnations) will be happy to know that Darwyn Cooke has written and drawn two of the Parker novels. The Hunter and The Outfit are out as graphic novels as well.

If you haven't read the Parker novels, you don't have to read them in order, but I'd recommend it. The University of Chicago is reprinting them (almost all of them are out now), and there are Kindle versions as well.

If you have never read a thief novel, especially if you loved Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw in The Getaway, you gotta read the Parker books.

You'll thank me for the recommendation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen fantastic, classic antihero story! 21. Januar 2014
Von Joseph - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Starting the Parker books on the recommendation of a friend, and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Gritty, dark, and packed with great imagery, this is a must-read for any crime novel fan!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Despite myself... 24. November 2008
Von Keith A. Comess - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
"The Hunter" is a noir-type genre novel evocative of this writing style circa 1960. The plot line, the character development (or, more accurately, the lack thereof), the spare writing style, predictable violence and hard core accoutrements are perfectly standard fare. However, and despite myself, I couldn't help but enjoy Stark's book.

Stark writes in a style derived from the 1930 "pulps": for a representative biopsy of the style, see the resurrected and now defunct series brilliantly re-issued by "Creative Arts/Black Lizard" series. Unfortunately, most of the books in that series are, once again, out-of-print. The best currently available reference anthology was issued by Vintage/Black Lizard in the "Big Book of Pulps" edited by Otto Penzler.

In the tradition of Paul Cain, David Goodis, Cornell Woolrich and, naturally, Jim Thompson, sentences have been stripped of all but the necessary wording, adjectives don't hang heavily on nouns, metaphors are mostly gone, character development essentially non-existant. Instead, the emphasis is on swift, brutal action, a tight plot, accompanied by a few twists-and-turns and (at least in this series), a "teaser" hint of the next installment to follow in the series. There have been legions of imitators, ranging from the well-known Chandler and Hammett types to the more recent James Ellroy.

Stark/Westlake seems to occupy a unique niche between the more eloquent traditionalists (Chandler, Hammett) and the brutally spare style of the Jim Thompson school. The taught writing, evocative but still not stale, the "made for the movies" tension and the cleverly constructed stories evidently warranted re-issue of the series by the august University of Chicago Press.

The books read very quickly (average reading time about 3 hours) and seem overpriced for their length. Of the first 3 Chicago re-issues, "The Man With the Getaway Face" was the least formulaic, but still adheres to the clever criminal beats the system" method; hardly original, but highly addicting.

In summary, a worthwhile re-issue of an historically important series, well worth the time invested in reading.
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