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The Mourner: A Parker Novel Paperback – April 15 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 46 ratings
Book 4 of 24 in the Parker Series

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“The UC Press mission, to reprint the 1960s Parker novels of Richard Stark (the late Donald Westlake), is wholly admirable. The books have been out of print for decades, and the fast-paced, hard-boiled thrillers featuring the thief Parker are brilliant.”

(H. J. Kirchoff Globe and Mail 2009-04-17)

“Perhaps this, more than anything else, is what I admire about these novels: the consistent ruthlessness of an unapologetic bastard.  And so if you’re a fan of noir novels and haven’t yet read Richard Stark, you may want to give these books a try.  Who knows?  Parker may just be the son of a bitch you’ve been searching for.”

(John McNally Virginia Quarterly Review)

“Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.”
(Stephen King Entertainment Weekly)

“Parker . . . lumbers through the pages of Richard Stark’s noir novels scattering dead bodies like peanut shells. . . . In a complex world [he] makes things simple.”
(William Grimes New York Times)

“Whatever Stark writes, I read. He’s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude."
(Elmore Leonard)

“Richard Stark’s Parker novels . . . are among the most poised and polished fictions of their time and, in fact, of any time.”
(John Banville Bookforum)

“Parker is a true treasure. . . . The master thief is back, along with Richard Stark.”
(Marilyn Stasio New York Times Book Review)

“Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.”
(Washington Post)

“Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”
(Los Angeles Times)

“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you’ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll want on that desert island.”
(Lawrence Block)

About the Author

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.

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Reviewed in Canada on September 30, 2001

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Alan Martin Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars you get exactly what you pay for
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4.0 out of 5 stars not quite the best of the best
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker - the Hard-boiled, OCD anti-hero you love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another top notch Parker.
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Jean Christophe Brasseur
5.0 out of 5 stars good sequel in an outstandingly entertaining series / gutes Exemplar einer beispiellos unterhaltsamen Genre-Reihe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved seeing Parker put up against challenges
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fresh to this day, fifty odd years later!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker not Perfect
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5.0 out of 5 stars We do not remember birth, and death is not a part of life
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3.0 out of 5 stars All Too Familiar
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 4th Parker Novel
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