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The Hunter | [Richard Stark]

The Hunter

You probably haven't noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack. They're heisters.
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Publisher's Summary

You probably haven't noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack. They're heisters. They're pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister’s heister, the robber’s robber, the heavy’s heavy. You don’t want to cross him, and you don’t want to get in his way, because he’ll stop at nothing to get what he’s after.

In The Hunter, the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption.

©1962 Richard Stark (P)2010 AudioGO

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-12-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "It was fun. It was different."

    It’s about a loner bad guy (totally alpha male) in the bad guy world.

    At first I wasn’t sure if I would like this. Parker kills a couple innocents who happened to be in his way. But I really enjoyed the last third or so when Parker took on the mafia/syndicate. He tells them who he’s going to kill if he doesn’t get his way. And then he does it. The story is a little shorter than most novels. The author is a good storyteller. I like the way he writes.

    One thing a little odd were the prices for things. Coffee was 15 cents. This was written in 1962. This is book 1 in the 24 book Parker series.

    The narrator John Chancer was fine.

    Genre: noir crime fiction

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A dark story"

    I enjoyed the movie Payback with Mel Gibson, even though I think John Myhre ruined the theatrical release, which got me interested in reading the book that it was based on. This is that book. But before reading this book, forget the theatrical release of the movie entirely.

    This is a dark book with a lead character that is not likeable in any way. I suspect there are plenty of people out in the world that would like to think of themselves as being a lot like Parker, hard, mean, uncaring and as tough as nails. But if they are like Parker they do not have any friends and will lead a very lonely and hard life.

    I enjoyed this book but it did not make me want to read the rest of the 25 books in the series. Yes, you read that right, there are currently 25 books in the series, so obviously someone likes them a lot.

    John Chancer does an amazing job narrating this book, he gives Parker a hard edge delivering his lines in a flat emotionless way that makes him very believable.

    You’ll have to excuse me now, I am going to go watch "Payback: Straight Up: The Director’s Cut" which is much closer to the original story than the theatrical release.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daddy Shawn La Verne, CA, United States 04-15-12
    Daddy Shawn La Verne, CA, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Writer & daddy.

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    "Excellent mystery crime novel."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Richard Stark (alias for Donald E. Westlake) has such a unique voice. Everything is told through the criminal mind. Amazing and doesn't feel dated in the least.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark San Antonio, TX, United States 07-02-12
    Mark San Antonio, TX, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2002
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    What did you like best about The Hunter? What did you like least?

    Different twist on your normal book. This is set in the 30s and is from the perspective of a criminal. I think it was somewhat depressing overall. The author style is great and it is definitely not the run of the mill story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Stark? Why or why not?

    Yes, I want to see how the series is going to develop


    Have you listened to any of John Chancer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was The Hunter worth the listening time?

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theo Holland TX 11-26-11
    Theo Holland TX 11-26-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Unlikeable lead character"

    Parker, the lead character, is a thief & a killer, & he is angry because someone he pulled a heist with & intended to screw over screwed him over first. A completely unsympathetic & unlikeable lead character caused me to lose interest quickly. There are way too many good books out there to waste my time on this one.

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