Westlake Score: The Jugger

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

I unveiled the bulk of the Westlake—or rather, Richard Stark—Scores I acquired from Alan White Fine Books in one great big splurge of a bloated blogpost on Wednesday, but I kept one back because it dates from slightly earlier in the […]

Westlake Score: The Jugger (Parker #6) by Richard Stark (Allison & Busby hardcover, 1986)

This latest Westlake Score—which, for those who’ve evidently been dozing or “goofing off” at the back of the class, are posts in which I detail newly acquired editions of various of Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake’s novels—may not look like much to you, chief, but to me it represents another step on the […]

Guest slot: Richard Stark, Harry Bennett, Parker book covers, and The Seventh

Today’s guest piece is by Nick Jones, AKA Louis XIV, who blogs about books (and sometimes comics) at Existential Ennui. You may be (should be!) familiar with him, because I’ve frequently linked both his book reviews and the great covers he digs up as he obsessively collects Stark and Westlake titles. In fact, I’ve linked […]

If you get a bad copy of The Jugger

Based on feedback from readers and an e-mail exchange with the University of Chicago Press, it appears that bad printings of The Jugger were limited to a very small number of copies. If you do get one, you can call their customer service department at (800) 621-2736 and they will […]

Problems with U of C’s reprint of The Jugger

Reader Jolie left this in the comments. I wanted to make sure everyone saw it.

I just received my copy of Richard Stark’s “The Jugger” through Amazon.com, and to my great surprise, found that the first 40 pages or so (including the title page and copyright page) are from “The […]

John Banville on Parker

Since the second batch of University of Chicago Parker reprints, with forewards by John Banville, have now been released, it’s worth revisiting Banville’s 2006 article on the Parker novels for Slate:

Two of the greatest writers of the 20th century […]

Latest U of C reprints released early

The official release date for the second batch of University of Chicago Parker reprints (The Mourner, The Score, and The Jugger) is May 1, but according to Amazon, they are shipping already.

Batch number three (scheduled for August, which I guess means June or July) […]

U of C Reprints: The Jugger

Coming May 2009.

A special thanks to the University of Chicago Press for sending these images along for me to share with you, and for everything else they are doing to put these books where they belong–in the hands of readers both old and new.


L.A. Times: Made in U.S.A review

The L.A. Times has a review of Made in U.S.A., (based on The Jugger). Critic Kevin Thomas likes it:

Elliptical in the extreme and loaded with cinematic and political references, the film is nevertheless compelling because of Anna Karina’s radiant presence and Godard’s stunning images, dry wit, political fervor […]

Made in U.S.A.: Godard’s Missing Link

The L.A. Times, which seems to publish more on Stark and Westlake than all other papers combined, has a piece from Andy Klein today on the re-release of Jean-Luc Godard’s Made in U.S.A. (based on The Jugger). It’s good reading for those of you interested in the many strange ways that Stark’s […]