Parker

27 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328 ratings

The Hunter 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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Hunter

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 236
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 211

    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.

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

    • By Jane on 04-12-13

    Regular price: $13.96

  • Book 2

    • 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 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 95

    Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style, Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet.

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

    • By Jane on 04-14-13

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  • Book 3

    • The Outfit

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    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. So they wanted Parker dead, and a hit man proved they meant business. Too bad for the Outfit he missed. Ripping off the Outfit was the easy part of Parker's game. Going one-on-one with Bronson, the Outfit's Big Boss, was the hard part.

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

    • By Jane on 04-15-13

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  • Book 4

    • The Mourner

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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. It didn't bother Parker that his ex-girlfriend had blackmailed him into pulling this job… because he figured out how to make an extra fifty grand on the deal. It did bother Parker that somebody else was trying to steal the statue first - because being second wasn't Parker's style. Whether he was up against the mob or the KGB, Parker intended to beat them all at the stealing game. Of course, he didn't count on a double cross....

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

    • By beanlynch on 11-17-16

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  • Book 5

    • The Score

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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. Parker called it "science fiction," but with the right men (a score of them), he could figure it out to the last detail. It could work. If the men behaved like pros, cool and smart; if they didn't get impatient, start chasing skirts, or decide to take the opportunity to settle secret old scores…they just might pull it off.

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

    • By beanlynch on 11-17-16

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  • Book 6

    • The Jugger

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Not many men knew what Parker did for a living, because what he did was steal. But Joe Sheer, a retired safecracker knew. He knew Parker's alias, his whereabouts, his plans... and because he knew too much, he knew to keep his mouth shut. Or die. But Joe was more than ready to trade what he knew for what every man needs - his freedom. So Parker had come to Nebraska to find the old jugger... and probably murder him. But what Parker found was trouble: Joe was already six feet under.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Typical Parker with Poorly Chosen Reader

    • By OldDog on 09-15-16

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  • Book 7

    • The Seventh

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    The robbery was a piece of cake. The getaway was clean. And seven men were safely holed up in different places while Parker held all the cash. But somehow the sweet heist of a college football game turns sour, Parker's woman is murdered, and the take is stolen. Now Parker's looking for the lowlife who did him dirty, while the cops are looking for seven clever thieves - and Parker must outrun them all. When hunters and hunted meet, some win, some lose….

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Parker novel!

    • By John E on 11-29-11

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  • Book 8

    • The Handle

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    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, laughing at the Outfit, who can’t collect their cut. Now the Outfit can no longer stand the loss of face - not to mention the loss of revenue. That’s why they’ve sent for Parker, who knows that the line between success and failure on this score would be exactly the length of the barrel of a .38.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • S L O W

    • By Kindle Customer on 01-18-17

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  • Book 9

    • The Rare Coin Score

    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    When it comes to heists, Parker believes in some cardinal rules. On this job, he breaks two of them: never bring a dame along - especially not one you like - and never, ever, work with amateurs. Nevertheless, with the help of a creep named Billy, and the lure of a classy widow, he agrees to set up a heist of a coin convention. But Billy’s a rookie with no idea how to pull off a score, and the lady soon becomes a major distraction. The Rare Coin Score marks the first appearance of Claire, who will steal Parker’s heister’s heart - while together they steal two million dollars’ worth of coins.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 3 ½ stars. Engaging.

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

    Regular price: $15.36

  • Book 10

    • The Green Eagle Score

    • A Parker Novel
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Here’s Parker—planning to steal the entire payroll of an Air Force base in upstate New York, with help from Marty Fusco, fresh out of the pen, and a smart-aleck finance clerk named Devers. Holed up with family in a scrappy little town, the hoisters prepare for the risky job by trying to shorten the odds. But the ice is thinner than Parker likes to think—and Marty’s ex-wife is much more complicated.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great Parker caper with fantastic narration

    • By Van A. Plexico on 01-28-18

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  • Book 11

    • The Black Ice Score

    • A Parker Novel
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    The good guys in a new African nation were missing a treasury full of diamonds. The nation's corrupt leader had stashed the rocks somewhere in New York City. Now the good guys needed a specialist to get their diamonds back. So they came to the best in the business: Parker. Only the three mysterious tough guys came to Parker, too. They figured three hands filled with .38s could convince him to pass up this international gem game. But leaning on Parker was like pressuring a box of TNT with a short fuse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nasty, brutish, and short...

    • By D. E. Dickerson on 05-28-15

    Regular price: $10.46

  • Book 12

    • The Sour Lemon Score

    • A Parker Novel
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Bank robberies should run like clockwork, right? If your name's Parker, you expect nothing less. Until, that is, one of your partners gets too greedy for his own good. The four-way split following a job leaves too small a take for George Uhl, who begins to pick off his fellow hoisters, one by one. The first mistake? That he doesn't begin things by putting a bullet in Parker. That means he won't get the chance to make a second. One of the darkest novels in the series, this caper proves the adage that no one crosses Parker and lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the better Parker novels

    • By Deeptraks on 07-18-17

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  • Book 13

    • 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 43
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Deadly Edge bids a brutal adieu to the 1960s as Parker robs a rock concert, and the heist goes south. Soon Parker finds himself - and his woman, Claire - menaced by a pair of sadistic, drug-crazed hippies. Parker has a score to settle while Claire’s armed with her first rifle - and they’re both ready to usher in the end of the Age of Aquarius.

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

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

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  • Book 14

    • Slayground

    • A Parker Novel, Book 14
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    The hunter becomes prey, as a heist goes sour and Parker finds himself trapped in a shuttered amusement park, besieged by a bevy of local mobsters. There are no exits from Fun Island. Outnumbered and outgunned, Parker can’t afford a single miscalculation. He’s low on bullets - but, as anyone who’s crossed his path knows, that definitely doesn’t mean he’s defenseless.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow!!!!! I was surprised and so impressed

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

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  • Book 15

    • 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 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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. Can an art dealer with issues unload a truck of paintings with Parker’s aid? Or will the heist end up too much of a human interest story, as luck runs out before Parker can get in on the score?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Parker

    • By R. Reimschuessel on 09-17-17

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  • Book 16

    • 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 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    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. Back in the corrupt town where he lost his money, and nearly his life, in Slayground, Parker assembles a stunning cast of characters from throughout his career for one gigantic, blowout job: starting - and finishing - a gang war. It feels like the Parker novel to end all Parker novels, and for nearly 25 years, that’s what it was.

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

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

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  • Book 17

    • 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 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    After the bloodbath of Butcher’s Moon, the action-filled blowout Parker adventure, Donald Westlake said, “Richard Stark proved to me that he had a life of his own by simply disappearing. He was gone.” But nothing bad is truly gone forever, and Parker’s as bad as they come. According to Westlake, one day in 1997, “suddenly, he came back from the dead” - and the resulting novel, Comeback, showed that neither Stark nor Parker had lost a single step. Knocking over a highly lucrative religious revival show, Parker reminds us that not all criminals don ski masks.

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

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 18

    • Backflash

    • A Parker Novel
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Backflash finds Parker checking out the scene on a Hudson River gambling boat. Parker’s no fan of either relaxation or risk, however, so you can be sure he’s playing with house money - and he’s willing to do anything to tilt the odds in his favor. Featuring a great cast of heisters, a striking setting, and a new introduction by Westlake’s close friend and writing partner, Lawrence Block, this classic Parker adventure deserves a place of honor in any crime fan’s library.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • This one was good.

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 19

    • Flashfire

    • Parker, Book 19
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Between Parker's 1961 debut and his return in the late 1990s, the world of crime changed considerably. Now fake IDs and credit cards have to be purchased from specialists; increasingly sophisticated policing makes escape and evasion tougher; and, worst of all, money has gone digital - the days of cash-stuffed payroll trucks were long gone. But cash isn't everything, and now Parker's after a fortune in jewels. In Flashfire, Parker's in West Palm Beach, competing with a crew that has an unhealthy love of explosions. When things go sour, Parker finds himself shot and trapped - and forced to rely on a civilian to survive.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This was pretty good.

    • By Jane on 05-17-13

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    • Flashfire

    • A Parker Novel
    • By: Richard Stark
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In a Midwestern city, Parker calmly tosses a firebomb through a plate-glass window, while some newfound partners in crime take down a nearby bank. Making their getaway in the confusion, the bank robbers tell him two things: that this heist was only seed money for a much gaudier one, and that Parker has to loan them his share of the take.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining and Well-Written

    • By Sarah on 01-15-05

    Regular price: $23.93

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