Added to the cover gallery: A Portuguese edition of The Black Ice Score

Rififi (Brazil) (19??)

Title translation: The Case of the Black Diamonds

The cover text is a translation of the “Here’s Parker!” blurb from the Gold Medal first edition.

A previous version of this post mistakenly referred to this edition as being from […]

Added to the cover gallery: A Brazilian edition of The Hunter

Publisher unknown (Brazil) (????) (English: Point Blank)

Translation of cover text:  Top: “Special Mystery Edition” / Subtitle: “The barbarous vengeance of a betrayed and robbed man!”

This Brazilian cover is courtesy of reader Cesar. Over the coming days, I’ll be rolling out a number of Portuguese-language covers that he clued me in to.

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’17 Comeback Special – The Violent World of Parker returns

We are back!

As longtime readers know, the site has been neglected many times in the nearly two decades it has existed in some form or other. This past year-and-change is the first time it has vanished entirely.

For you old schoolers who were wondering, here is what happened. I was in one […]

Awful news: Darwyn Cooke dead at 53

I’ve been away for awhile for a variety of reasons–haven’t looked at the comments, haven’t checked the site’s e-mail account, haven’t looked at the Twitter feed.

I knew I’d come back, but I hate having to come back for this.

A lot of people asked me why there had been no volume two […]

Inside the new hardcover edition of The Hunter

 

As you may not be aware because I did not give it nearly the coverage I should have, Darwyn Cooke and IDW Publishing have launched a companion line to their highly successful line of comic book adaptations of the Parker novels. They will be reprinting the original Richard Stark novels, each with […]

Darwyn Cooke to illustrate Parker prose novels

I don’t have much to add to this press release by IDW Publishing, except for awesome!

Darwyn Cooke To Illustrate Parker Prose Novels At IDW Sunday, Oct 13th, 2013 Donald E. Westlake’s Classic Stories Accompanied By Gorgeous Paintings By Cooke

San Diego, CA (October 13, 2013) – IDW Publishing announced this morning its […]

Parker Score: Run Lethal

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

Returning, belatedly, to the Parker Mega Score—that stack of Coronet paperback editions of the Parker novels I acquired over the summer—we have Run Lethal, published in the UK by Coronet/Hodder Fawcett under a Raymond Hawkey-designed “bullet hole” double-cover in 1972—the […]

Parker Score: The Outfit

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

Time to pull another Parker from the pile of eleven pristine Coronet paperback editions colloquially known as the Parker Mega Score. And this next one might be of particular interest to Violent World of Parker proprietor Trent, seeing as he […]

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 […]

Grab bag post: Darwyn Cooke’s Slayground and a quick review of Only God Forgives

 

When we interviewed Darwyn Cooke for his release of The Score, he told us that his next Parker adapation would be The Handle. I thought it was a good pick, and that was only partially fueled by my desire to see him stretch out the series as long as possible. (He’s stated […]