Parker Mega Score finale: Richard Stark in British Thriller Book Cover Design of the 1970s and 1980s

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

If you missed the announcement on Existential Ennui on Friday, some (relatively) exciting news: I’ve established a brand new Existential Ennui permanent page:

British Thriller Book Cover Design of the 1970s and 1980s

A companion page to Beautiful British Book Jacket […]

Guest slot: The Man Who Doesn’t Wink, by Christopher Lyons

It’s guest slot time here on The Violent World of Parker. Trent has of course hosted guest posts before—one of them by me, no less, in my pre-co-blogger days—but now I’m muscling in on the act as well—partly because it saves me writing anything (apart from this intro), but mostly because this […]

Westlake Score: The Sour Lemon Score / Deadly Edge (Avon softcover, June 1985); plus little-seen Avon covers

Having posted a lengthy, self-serving introduction on Monday, let’s begin my posts proper with what I cunningly call on my blog a Westlake Score—i.e., a post in which I detail a Donald E. Westlake book I’ve bought recently—in this case on eBay (for a pittance). And the book in question is a […]

Cover art score: Deadly Edge, large print edition

This 1992 large print edition cover from Atlantic Mystery is courtesy of Patrick, who writes, “I forgot what Westlake’s description of Parker’s eyes were, but I’m certain they weren’t ‘doughy and apologetic’.” Exactly right, and I never pictured him with lush lips either. And Parker’s not married, so what’s with the ring? This cover […]

Chronology blues and a note on tables

I found an error (thanks to Charles Ardai’s excellent introduction to Deadly Edge, Slayground, and Plunder Squad), that’s likely been here since this site went up in rudimentary form eleven years ago.

The Blackbird was not published in 1971. It was published in 1969. It predates Deadly Edge and Slayground.

This will […]

U of C reprints: Deadly Edge

I’ll have the cover art for Slayground and Plunder Squad in the coming days.

All three are scheduled for release September 1 (which likely means late August).