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Get a Parker prose novel for free!

If Darwyn Cooke’s award-winning IDW graphic novels Parker: The Hunter and Parker: The Outfit have piqued your curiosity about the original series of novels by Donald Westlake (who wrote them under the pseudonym Richard Stark), here’s a chance to check one out—for free.

Just in time for the long weekend, the University of Chicago Press is offering Westlakes’s The Score as a free e-book (it would set you back $14 in print) in a variety of formats: Adobe Digital Editions, Google Books, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Sony Reader. Since most of these readers can be installed on a PC or Mac as well as an iPad, iPhone, or Android device, this is pretty platform-independent.

If you like what you see, the publisher has 19 more Parker books for you, and they are offering a 30% discount on the e-books. Details are at the first link.

(via Teleread)



I wish it was a different book since I own this one already. This is a great deal for all of you out there unfamiliar with Richard Stark’s Parker books. I started by reading Darwin Cook’s adaptation of The Hunter and now I have read or own most of the Parker books and many Donald Westlake books (Stark’s real name). I’m pretty sure this is the next Parker book Cook is adapting.

I have been trying hard to find the U of C reprints in the library but no one seems to be carrying them. So I will gladly try an e-book and eagerly read this specific work, which I have seen praised for ages.

I think if you liked the adaptations, you should like the Parker books of the 60s and early 70s. They practically define the genre of hard-boiled crime fiction. Even Westlake’s return to the character in the last 15 years of his life could not match these spare, harsh, and entertaining tales of greed, human nature, and the best professional crook out there.

Thanks for the tip!

I get why people like the Parker stuff. I do too. I don’t own any of the novels (although I’ve read some), but I have been getting Cooke’s adaptations of them, and it’s not really in my wheelhouse but it is certainly good stuff. So that’s all fine.

What I don’t get is why Westlake’s other stuff, like the Dortmunder series, or Dancing Aztecs, or Smoke, isn’t even more popular. It’s just as good or better, and it’s funny!

I still don’t know how we’re going to get by without Donald Westlake.

It might be worth noting (for sad luddites like me) that the U of Chicago paperbacks of Parker novels, as well as the e-books, are 30 percent off during September. Also: THE SCORE will be the next Cooke adaptation, due in 2012.

While I think the Parker books are my favorite of Westlake’s works, I’d agree that many of the Dortmunder novels are terrific too. I just read DROWNED HOPES–funny, wonderfully plotted, a hilarious roman a clef of Jim Thompson…what’s not to love?

Argh! I have this one already!

Anyway, just get it. I’m on like book 12 or somethin by now. They’re all good.

“The Score” is great! Get it while you can! If this is Cooke’s next adaptation, I can’t wait!

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