Parker Progress Report: Comeback (1997)

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

Crikey: would you believe it’s been over a year since I last posted a Parker Progress Report? Long enough that I expect most of you have probably forgotten what they are. To recap then: since 2010 I’ve been blogging my way […]

Noir Magazine features Parker, Reacher…

…and me!

This one’s so hot off the presses, the website isn’t even live.

This is Noir Magazine, a new magazine for tablets. I downloaded it for my iPad today, the day of its debut.

I just got the iPad a few weeks ago. I won it in a drawing of all things, the […]

When… (fifty years of Parker)

Why is the cover of that bit of bureaucracy posted above?

Because that’s the bit of bureaucracy that contains this:

The hunter, by Richard Stark, pseud. New York, Pocket Books, 155 p. (Permabook edition, M 4272) © Richard Stark; 15Dec62; A607387

Fifty years ago today, a fresh-faced guy in a Chevy offered a […]

Westlake Score: The Green Eagle Score

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

Over on Existential Ennui, I’ve recently begun a run of posts on paperbacks; should you be interested, over the coming weeks I’ll be showcasing and reviewing softcovers by the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Richard Matheson, and Elmore Leonard; published by such […]

Westlake Score: The Sour Lemon Score (Gold Lion, 1973)

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

For the final Westlake Score from the 2012 London Paperback & Pulp Bookfair—although not, it almost (but not quite) goes without saying, and doubtless to the immense regret of all concerned, the final Westlake Score overall—here’s a book which I showcased […]

Westlake Score: The Score by Richard Stark (Pocket Books)

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

Let’s return to the books I bought at the recent London Paperback & Pulp Bookfair, the majority of which were decidedly Donald E. Westlake-shaped—the above one being a case in point. It’s a US first edition/first printing of The Score, Westlake’s […]

Parker movie tie-in book cover revealed

Here is the cover for the University of Chicago Press’ upcoming reprint of Flashfire to coincide with the film based on it. I like that they kept it simple, and I’m thrilled that they put the original title on the cover.

I think I wrote in a previous post or comment that this would […]

UK first editions of the Parker novels (plus some reprints), 1967–1970

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

Last week I posted a Westlake Score—a 1969 Hodder Fawcett/Coronet paperback of Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake’s Parker novel The Sour Lemon Score—which, for me, completed a run of British first editions of the Parkers—i.e. those editions Coronet published in the UK […]

Point Blank by Richard Stark: double-signed edition

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

Later in the week I’ll have another Westlake Score-and-review for you, this one even more exciting than last week’s (well, to me, anyway). But before we get to that, and since I’ve been blogging about signed editions over on Existential Ennui, […]

Like having a scorpion in the room: an interview with Darwyn Cooke on Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score


Darwyn Cooke does one in-depth interview for each volume in his series of comic book adaptations of Richard Stark’s [pseudonym of Donald Westlake] Parker novels. (Here are the interviews for The Hunter and The Outfit.) For his new one, The Score, he was kind enough to invite The Violent World of Parker to […]