Richard Stark
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Richard Stark

Donald Edwin Westlake (July 12, 1933 - December 31, 2008) was an American writer, with over a hundred novels and non-fiction books to his credit. He specialized in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional foray into science fiction or other genres. He was a three-time Edgar Award winner, one of only three writers (the others are Joe Gores and William L. DeAndrea) to win Edgars in three different categories (1968, Best Novel, God Save the Mark; 1990, Best Short Story, "Too Many Crooks"; 1991, Best Motion Picture Screenplay, The Grifters). In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America named Westlake a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by the society.

Richard Stark: Westlake's best-known continuing pseudonym was that of Richard Stark. Stark debuted in 1959, with a story in Mystery Digest. Four other Stark short stories followed through 1961, including "The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution", later the title story in Westlake's first short-story collection. Then, from 1962 to 1974, sixteen novels about the relentless and remorseless professional thief Parker and his accomplices (including larcenous actor Alan Grofield) appeared and were credited to Richard Stark. "Stark" was then inactive until 1997, when Westlake once again began writing and publishing Parker novels under Stark's name. The University of Chicago began republishing the Richard Stark novels in 2008. When Stephen King wrote the novel The Dark Half in 1989, he named the central villain George Stark as an homage to Westlake.
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    • The Hunter

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 277
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      4 out of 5 stars 243
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      4 out of 5 stars 248

    You probably haven't noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. They're heisters....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It was fun. It was different.

    • By Jane on 04-12-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Butcher's Moon

    • A Parker Novel, Book 16
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    The 16th Parker novel, Butcher’s Moon, is more than twice as long most of the master heister’s adventures, and absolutely jammed with the action, violence, and nerve-jangling tension listeners have come to expect....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great suspense. Great read.

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Score

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    It was an impossible crime: knock off an entire North Dakota town called Copper Canyon - clean out the plant payroll, both banks, and all the stores in one night....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Parker Book Since The Outfit

    • By beanlynch on 11-17-16

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    • The Outfit

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    The Outfit was organized crime with a capital O. They were big. They were bad. They were brutal. And no crook ever crossed them and lived to enjoy it. Except Parker....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Outfit (mafia) sends a hitman to kill Parker.

    • By Jane on 04-15-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Man with the Getaway Face

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 3 ½ stars. There were some good parts.

    • By Jane on 04-14-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Plunder Squad

    • A Parker Novel, Book 15
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    When a job looks like amateur hour, Parker walks away. But even a squad of seasoned professionals can’t guarantee against human error in a high-risk scam....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Parker

    • By R. Reimschuessel on 09-17-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Mourner

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    The heist was a piece of cake. It didn't bother Parker that the priceless statue was in a Russian diplomat's house… because he had no scruples about ripping off a Red....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Good Read, But There Are Better Parker Stories

    • By beanlynch on 11-17-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Comeback

    • A Parker Novel
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Knocking over a highly lucrative religious revival show, Parker reminds us that not all criminals don ski masks - some prefer to hide behind the wings of fallen angels....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 3 ½ stars. This was ok,

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Handle

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Baron is clever - perhaps too clever. He sits on the heavily protected island of Cockaigne, a mini-Las Vegas forty miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, raking in as much as $250,000 some nights....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • S L O W

    • By Kindle Customer on 01-18-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Deadly Edge

    • A Parker Novel, Book 13
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabjka
    • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Deadly Edge bids a brutal adieu to the 1960s as Parker robs a rock concert, and the heist goes south....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 4 ½ stars. Good suspense. Exciting.

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

    Regular price: $13.96

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