Richard Stark

Richard Stark

This is a complete list of Richard Stark books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category. Richard Stark also writes as: Donald E Westlake and Tucker Coe.

Also writes as: Donald E Westlake and Tucker Coe.

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List of Parker Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
9
Payback / Point Blank / The Hunter
1962
2
8.5
The Steel Hit / The Man With The Getaway Face
1963
3
9
The Outfit
1963
4
9
The Mourner
1963
5
9
The Score / Killtown
1963
6
8
The Jugger
1965
7
9
The Seventh / The Split
1966
8
8
The Handle / Run Lethal
1966
9
9
The Rare Coin Score
1967
10
9
The Green Eagle Score
1967
11
9
The Black Ice Score
1968
12
9
The Sour Lemon Score
1969
13
9
Slayground
1971
14
10
Deadly Edge
1971
15
Plunder Squad
1972
16
Butcher's Moon
1974
17
10
Comeback
1997
18
Backflash
1998
19
Flashfire / Parker
2000
20
10
Firebreak
2001
21
Breakout
2002
22
9
Nobody Runs Forever
2004
23
9
Ask The Parrot
2006
24
8
Dirty Money
2008

List of Alan Grofield Books in Publication Order

List of Parker Graphic Novels in Publication Order (with Darwyn Cooke)

Richard Stark: Biography

Richard Stark was born on July 12th, 1933. Richard passed away December 31st, 2008 at 75 years old. Richard Stark was born in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Richard Stark was the author of the Parker series which consists of 24 novels. The Parker series started in 1962 with the novel Payback / Point Blank / The Hunter. The most recently released novel in the Parker series was Dirty Money which was released in 2008. There are no upcoming novels for the Parker series.

Richard Stark also wrote the Alan Grofield series which has 4 books including The Damsel and The Dame.

Richard Stark: Awards & Accolades

Stark's book, The Outfit was nominated for the Anthony Award, Best Graphic Novel, in 2011.

Richard Stark: TV/Movies Based on Books

There have been numerous movie adaptations of books in the Parker series by Richard Stark over the years.

The first adaptation was in 1966. "The Jugger", the sixth novel in the series, was adapted into the movie "Made in the USA". It starred Anna Karina and was directed by Jean-Luc Godard and was in French.

There was actually an interesting situation with that adaptation, as the producer of the movie, Georges de Beauregard, didn't make all the payments in regards to the rights of the novel.

Westlake ended up taking de Beauregard to court, and one of the victories out of the course case was distribution rights in North America. It was released in the USA decades later, in 2009.

The next novel in the Parker series which was adapted into a movie was the first book in the series, "The Hunter". Also known as "Payback" and "Point Blank", the movie was released as "Point Blank". Lee Marvin played the title character, although he was called Walker, not Parker. It's a very popular movie, with over 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and even made the list of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Years later, this book would be adapted again with the movie Payback starring Mel Gibson. The character in that movie was called Porter, not Parker. Brian Helgeland, the director of that movie, released a special director's cut years later which differed quite a lot from the movie which was released in 1999.

In 1967, the 5th book in the series was adapted into a movie. This was another French film, and "The Score" was adapted as "Pillaged". There was also a version of it with English dubbing released under another name, "Midnight Raid".

1968 saw "The Seventh" released as "The Split". The "Parker" character was known as McClain in this book and he was played by Jim Brown. Notable actors in this movie included Gene Hackman and Donald Sutherland.

The third book in the series, "The Outfit", was adapted in 1973 by a movie of teh same name. This one starred Robert Duvall using the name "Earl Macklin".

1983 would see another adaptation, with the 13th book in the series, "Slayground" being adapted. The movie shared the same name and featured Peter Coyote.

In 2013, the movie "Parker" was released. Starring Jason Statham as Parker, it was based on Flashfire, the 19th book in the series.


Richard Stark: Author Insights

The highest rated book by Richard Stark on Book Notification is Payback / Point Blank / The Hunter, the 1st novel in the Parker series.

The most read book by Richard Stark on Book Notification is Payback / Point Blank / The Hunter, the 1st novel in the Parker series.

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Richard Stark: F.A.Q

When was Richard Stark Born?

Richard Stark was born on July 12th, 1933.

When did Richard Stark die?

Richard Stark died on December 31st, 2008 at 75 years old.

Where was Richard Stark Born?

Richard Stark was born in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

What was the first book Richard Stark wrote?

The first novel written by Richard Stark was Payback / Point Blank / The Hunter, published in 1962.

What was the most recent book Richard Stark wrote?

His most recently released work was The Score on July 24th, 2012.

How many books has Richard Stark written?

Richard Stark has written 32 books. 24 books in the Parker Series, 4 books in the Alan Grofield Series, 4 books in the Parker Graphic Novels Series.

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    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    1 year ago

    Westlake made the best decision of his career when he decided to spare Parker’s life in ‘The Hunter.’ It gave us over four decades of Parker stories. When people talk about the good old days of mystery thrillers, I don’t think Parker comes to mind.

    Or maybe he does. I don’t really interact with the online mystery thriller/ detective fiction community, so I don’t know what they think. Parker doesn’t feel like any of the hard-boiled detective protagonists I know.

    He’s colder, harsher, but not necessarily ruthless. Stark creates an incredible balance between the various aspects of the character’s personality. Speaking of Stark, I disagree with the decision to publish these novels under a pen name.

    I don’t like pen names in general. I keep missing out on books from my favorite authors because they use pseudonyms. But at least I found Parker.

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