The Hunter by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)

THE HUNTER by Donald Westlake writing as "Richard Stark": A Permabook Edition Published By ...

Parker, no first name, no last name. Shot five times by his wife and his friend Mal and left for dead with the house burning down around him, Parker has somehow crawled through the wreckage, pilfered a wallet or two, opened a checking account in someone else’s name, and kited the checks into a grubstake. Parker is not to be trifled with. He’s out for revenge, retribution, and his $45,000 share of the loot that his wife and Mal absconded with.

Parker is a raging dynamo and a moody, hulk of a man who doesn’t need any weapons to kill, just his bare hands. Even toughs hired by the Outfit stand no chance on his warpath. It’s as if Conan the Cimmerian was reborn as a twentieth century bank robber. There’s no soft inner core to Parker. But then again, after being shot five times and set on fire, who would really be willing to listen to reason. He’s told the Outfit is like the Postal Service, coast to coast, so what. Parker wants his money and no one is going to stand in his way.

This is a full-on action story from beginning to end with no breaks. In sparse language, Westlake (aka Richard Stark) has created some really great characters.

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