Parker Scores: Point Blank, The Man with the Getaway Face, Slayground, and The Outfit

NB: A Version of this post also appears at Existential Ennui.

This, I fear, will be my final Violent World of Parker/Existential Ennui cross-post of 2013. The year is fast disappearing on me, and I can’t in all honesty see myself returning to Donald E. Westlake or Richard [...]

Parker Score: The Steel Hit

NB: A version of this post also appears at Existential Ennui.

Plucked from atop the Parker Mega Score stack—i.e. that haul of British Coronet/Hodder Fawcett paperback editions of the Parker novels I recently acquired—comes The Steel Hit, Coronet’s title for the second Parker outing, The Man with the Getaway Face (the [...]

Dan J. Marlowe and Earl Drake, 2: One Endless Hour (alias Operation Endless Hour)

(NB: This post also appears on Existential Ennui.)

For Part 1, go here.

Seven years after ruthless career criminal (and Parker parallel) Earl Drake made his debut in Dan J. Marlowe‘s violent, twisted The Name of the Game is Death (Gold Medal, 1962), Drake returned to print in a new full-length [...]

Review: Darwyn Cooke’s Parker–The Martini Edition

Darwyn Cook Parker Martini Edition

People are cynical about repackagings, and they should be. How many cuts of Blade Runner are there now? I think there’s a box set to collect them all. And I will fully acknowledge that when I first heard about this project, the song that popped into my head was “Paint a Vulgar Picture” [...]

Guest slot: Richard Stark, Harry Bennett, Parker book covers, and The Seventh

Today’s guest piece is by Nick Jones, AKA Louis XIV, who blogs about books (and sometimes comics) at Existential Ennui. You may be (should be!) familiar with him, because I’ve frequently linked both his book reviews and the great covers he digs up as he obsessively collects Stark and Westlake titles. In fact, I’ve [...]

Review: Richard Stark’s Parker: Book Two–The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke (II)

(Note: The timing on the release of Darwyn Cooke’s The Outfit was not good for me. Due to life, I did not have as much time as I needed to do a proper reading and write-up, but I wanted to get a review out before The Outfit hit the street. So I cranked [...]

Review: Richard Stark’s Parker: Book Two–The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke

Update: This review is a first draft. The current version is here.

The sheer brutality of The Hunter was unsustainable for a series, and Richard Stark didn’t attempt it. Rather, he took the character and universe of The Hunter and used them for more complex tales of amorality. This isn’t to say that [...]

A few things I’ve neglected to tell you about

I’ve had a very hectic time since Independence Day, and as a consequence, dropped the ball on a few items of importance. Here’s my makeup post.

To Twitter followers of the site–sorry about the avalanche of posts in the past 24 hours or so. The main purpose of the Twitter account is to [...]

Cover art and preview: Darwyn Cooke’s The Outfit

I posted an ad that featured this cover art earlier. Here is the standalone cover.

I mentioned this on Twitter, but it deserves more attention: a six-page preview for The Outfit (drawn from The Man With the Getaway Face portion) is available here. (Thanks to [...]

Review: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Man With the Getaway Face by Darwyn Cooke

The Man With the Getaway Face, in case you missed it earlier, is not a freestanding sequel to Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter. Rather, Darwyn has condensed Getaway Face into a prelude to his adaptation of The Outfit, where it will serve as the first chapter when The Outfit is released in October.

It [...]