The Grofield Files: Lemons Never Lie (1971) by Richard Stark; a review

After a slightly-longer-than-intended gap following my re-posting on The Violent World of Parker the other week of my three previous reviews of Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake’s Parker spin-off Alan Grofield novels—The Damsel (1967), The Dame (1969) and The Blackbird (also 1969)—here, finally, are my thoughts on the fourth (and final) Grofield solo outing, Lemons […]

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 a […]

A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell–get a Westlake favorite for free

Sternberg stripped to his boxer shorts, turned down the bed, settled himself comfortably with the pillows behind his back, and opened the Anthony Powell novel he’d started on the plane. It was Magnus Donners he wanted to identify with, but he kept finding his sympathies going to Widmerpool.


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: Plunder Squad

When these come out in September, all of the rare Parker novels save Butcher’s Moon will be in print, with that one to follow next year. Rejoice!

Review: Dead Skip by Joe Gores

I’ve just added coverage of Joe Gores’ Dead Skip to the Not Quite Parker – Print page. Here’s what I wrote.

“I’ve never met a real detective before,” she said, “but I love Agatha Christie…”

Ballard, who only read Richard Stark, said he was looking for a Mr. Charles M. Griffin.

Dead Skip is […]

Finnish Parker covers!

I just stumbled across this stash of Finnish Parker covers. Above is the cover of Plunder Squad, which I reviewed yesterday.

If any of you out there are reasonably fluent in Finnish, I could use some help. I’d like literal English translations of the titles at a minimum, and translations […]

Thoughts on Plunder Squad

I have finally written up my thoughts on Plunder Squad. Here they are.

Hearing the click behind him, Parker threw his glass straight back over his right shoulder, and dove off his chair to the left. The bullet furrowed a line through the plans on the table, the sound of […]

Parker reprint and site update

I just received word from the University of Chicago Press that they have secured the rights to all of the Parker novels through Butcher’s Moon. This is great news, as Butcher’s Moon, Plunder Squad and some of the other late original-run Parker novels cost a fortune used. Before too long, […]