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 Brazil.


Westlake Score: The Black Ice Score (Allison & Busby, 1986)

This will be my last post for The Violent World of Parker for a little while—for reasons I’ll be outlining on Existential Ennui before too long—so as an adieu, let’s have a quick Westlake Score, in the shape of a 1986 Allison & Busby hardback edition of The Black Ice Score (dust […]

Westlake Scores: Gold Medal Parkers

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

So apparently there’s some movie out in the States starring Jason Statham and based on the nineteenth novel in a twenty-four-book series featuring a cold-hearted taciturn career criminal. Dunno what that’s all about, but whatever it is, I’m certainly not about […]

UK first editions of the Parker novels (plus some reprints), 1967–1970

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

Last week I posted a Westlake Score—a 1969 Hodder Fawcett/Coronet paperback of Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake’s Parker novel The Sour Lemon Score—which, for me, completed a run of British first editions of the Parkers—i.e. those editions Coronet published in the UK […]

Richard Stark’s Parker novels: the US Fawcett Gold Medal and UK Hodder Fawcett Coronet paperback editions, 1967-9

Earlier in the week, at the end of this post on the review slip in Jeffrey Goodman’s copy of the 1967 Gold Medal edition of Point Blank!, I mentioned that seeing that review slip helped me make a connection that answered a question I’d been pondering for a while, and that as a consequence […]

U of C reprints: The Black Ice Score

Here’s cover number two from the upcoming batch of University of Chicago reprints.