The Violent World of Mack Bolan

Reader Matt points out that the Executioner has been plundering Parker-related book titles recently…

I have plundered these images from

Gold Eagle, the division of Harlequin that published men’s adventure books including The Executioner/Mack Bolan, is being closed down after Harlequin’s acquisition by HarperCollins. I expect Mack will land on his […]

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 […]

Review: Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection, edited by Mike White

Cashiers du Cinemart was my favorite magazine during its existence, and I devoured every issue I could get my hands on. Its pretension-bursting title was clever enough, but its contents were the real reward–each issue was packed cover-to-cover with a wild array of film-geek topics that for the most part lined up quite nicely […]

Extensive Darwyn Cooke Interview

You do not want to miss this.

Parker comic creator Darwyn Cooke is interviewed by The Comics Reporter‘s Tom Spurgeon. He is joined by his editor, Scott Dunbier, and former collaborator Ed Brubaker, who currently does Criminal (which has been recommended to me a million times but which […]

A look at Payback – Straight Up

I’m busy as all get-out these days–out-of-town guests, wedding (not mine), tax season, job, and job-hunting because I fear mine may be going the way of the dodo (job offers in Austin welcome). So I have been unable to find much time to add a lot of the great content I have […]

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.


Want list: Introductions to out-of print editions

The new and improved site is coming along quite nicely, and I’ve got some great new stuff that I can’t wait to show you.

Right now I’m looking for introductions to a couple of out-of-print editions (I won’t reproduce introductions to in-print editions without permission). Namely:

The intro to the […]