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 […]

Westlake Score: Comeback, by Richard Stark (Robert Hale, 2001)

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

If you’ve been following my Existential Ennui posts on the Donald E. Westlake/Richard Stark first-and-other editions I’ve bought and collected over the years—and if you have, I’d like to offer both my commiserations and my profound apologies—you’ll perhaps have noticed that […]

Lawrence Block’s trilogy of Parker forewords

Today, Mulholland Books posted Lawrence Block’s foreword to the University of Chicago Press edition of Butcher’s Moon. This means that all three of Block’s forewords, which form a trilogy of sorts, are now available for reading online.

The foreword to Butcher’s Moon, titled to make it more article-like “Canarsie and Westlake, Parker […]

Thoughts on Comeback posted

I have finally done a proper writeup of Comeback at the Comeback page. This is one I’m keenly interested in others’ thoughts on, so please comment if you’re so inclined.


U of C reprints: Comeback

The cover of University of Chicago Press’ reprint of Comeback takes its inspiration from the opening scene, same as the first edition:

The differences are that the silhouetted figure looks more masculine (good) but that the gun is not a shotgun (bad).


Good news from University of Chicago Press

Good news from the University of Chicago Press. They have secured the reprint rights for all of the Parker novels through Firebreak. The next batch of reprints (March 2011) will be Butcher’s Moon, Comeback, and Backflash.

Lawrence Block has introduction duty on Butcher’s Moon. Great choice.


Introduction to the Payback edition of The Hunter posted

Thanks to Jeremy at Mysteries for Hire, I have acquired and posted Donald Westlake’s introduction to the Payback movie tie-in edition of The Hunter.

In it, Westlake discusses Richard Stark’s origin, hiatus, and re-emergence with Comeback.

You can read it here.