Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery vels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled ir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style - and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency - Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover - and become addicted to. This season's offerings include volumes 7-9 in the series: The Seventh , The Handle , and The Rare Coin Score . In The Handle , Parker is enlisted by the mob to kck off an island casi guarded by speed-boats and heavies, forty miles from the Texas coast.
Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008), a prolific author of noir crime fiction. In 1993 the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society's highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master.