The Grofield Files: The Blackbird (1969) by Richard Stark; a review

Let’s have the third of my reviews of Westlake’s Alan Grofield novels, which, as we’ve established, I’m re-posting from Existential Ennui ahead of a new review of the fourth and final book in the series, Lemons Never Lie. That review will be along next week (all being well), so for now, here’s what […]

The Grofield Files: The Dame (1969) by Richard Stark; a review

Time for the second of my reviews of Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake’s Parker spin-off Alan Grofield novels, which I’m re-posting from Existential Ennui ahead of a new review of the final book in the quartet, Lemons Never Lie. As with the previous review—of 1967’s The Damsel—you can, of course, find an alternative view […]

The Grofield Files: The Damsel (1967) by Richard Stark; a review

Over on Existential Ennui I’ve been making my way through Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake’s Parker novels for close to two years now, intermittently reviewing each one in turn. I followed my last review, of 1972’s Plunder Squad (Parker #15), with a review Joe Gores’s Parker-related 1972 crime novel Dead Skip, which […]

Grofield reprint covers revealed

Sort of fooled ya there. The above image is not one of the covers. It was rejected, and I can see why. I really like it, but it doesn’t fit the book at all.

You can see the actual covers for the upcoming University of Chicago Press reprints, as well as some other rejected […]

Parker Progress Report: a review of Dead Skip by Joe Gores and Plunder Squad by Richard Stark

Did we all check out my exclusive little Q&A with Dexter creator Jeff Lindsay on my own books blog, Existential Ennui on Monday? And if not, why not? If that short interview tickled your fancy, Jeff is popping up on a handful of other British blogs this week as part of […]

Essential Darwyn Cooke interview on The Outfit (and other things)

When Darwyn Cooke’s adaptation of The Hunter was released, the Comics Reporter landed the must-read interview with Darwyn Cooke on the subject. For The Outfit, that honor falls to Comics Alliance and this terrific interview by Tucker Coe Stone.

Some things mentioned:

If you’ve been following this project, you […]

Review: The Hot Rock by Donald Westlake

The Hot Rock began life as an attempt at a Parker novel:

One day in 1967 I was wearing my Richard Stark hat, looking for a story to tell about my man Parker, and I thought, he reacts badly to frustration, what if he had to steal the same thing four […]

What do you think of audio books?

As I hope you’ve noticed, I haven’t been doing a lot at the site lately. I haven’t read any books recently so I have none to tell you about, and I’m behind on checking the latest Stark/Westlake/crime-fiction news which means I have no updates on that stuff at the moment either.

I have […]

Hard Case Crime 7/06: Lemons Never Lie by Richard Stark (#22)

“The best Richard Stark ever.”


When he’s not pulling heists with his friend Parker, Alan Grofield runs a small theater in Indiana. But putting on shows costs money and jobs have been thin, which is why Grofield […]

Thoughts on Slayground

There are no chicks in Slayground

I have finally written up my thoughts on Slayground over on the Slayground page (natch).

Here’s what I wrote:

Parker jumped out of the Ford with a gun in one hand and the packet of explosives in […]