Review: Calibre by Ken Bruen

OK, I was not expecting this at all.

I had read one of Ken Bruen’s books before this one (Bust), but it was co-authored with Jason Starr, and having never read Jason Starr prior to that one either, I had no idea which stuff came from which […]

A negative review of Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter

I’m sure you’ve read many rave reviews of Darwyn Cooke’s adaptation of The Hunter. Here is the only negative review I’ve read:

Darwyn Cooke‘s graphic adaptation of the late Richard (actually Donald Westlake) Stark‘s The Hunter is one of those books that I wanted to like: An […]

Twitter overload!

Tweet, tweet!

If you’re following me on Twitter (and I see that five of you have signed up in the 48 hours or so since I established the account) I will warn you that there will be a huge number of tweets over the next week or so. This is because […]

Review: American Tabloid by James Ellroy

I found out a couple of weeks back that Blood’s a Rover, the final installment in James Ellroy’s Underworld USA trilogy, is coming out next month.

This meant it was time to re-read American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand. When I held both volumes in my […]

Killer Covers interviews Hard Case Crime’s Charles Ardai

Looks like it’s Hard Case Crime week here at The Violent World of Parker.

I’ve read dozens of interviews with Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai since the line began a few years back. The interview featured this week over at Killer Covers may be the best. The jumping-off point is […]

News Feed/Twitter

Tweet, tweet!

As I mentioned before, I’ve been looking for a way to do a news feed for awhile. As I wrote back then:

I read a lot of articles on Richard Stark, Parker, and Donald Westlake. I’ve got all kinds of e-mail alerts set in all sorts of […]

Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter: Advance Reader’s Edition

Stumbled across this image today (at and I thought I’d share. Not all that special, but as I’m sure you’re all aware by now, I have completest tendencies.

Hard Case Crime 10/05: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (#13)

The World’s Best-Selling Novelist is Back…

With an All-New Investigation into the Unkown.

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns […]

Hard Case Crime 5/09: Casino Moon by Peter Blauner (#55)


For Anthony Russo, an Atlantic City mobster’s son, the chances of escaping a life of crime are slim. They hinge on his plan to back a washed-up boxer’s comeback bid, and that, in turn, hinges on winning […]

Hot Stuff (1979) available on YouTube

Donald Westlake was one of the writers of this 1979 comedy starring Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Pleshette, and Jerry Reed. I’ve never seen it.

Hot Stuff trailer

Hot Stuff is rare on VHS and has never been released on DVD, but you can watch the whole movie via this […]