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Butcher's Moon (Paperback)

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The sixteenth Parker novel, "Butcher's Moon" is more than twice as long most of the master heister's adventures, and absolutely jammed with the action, violence, and nerve-jangling tension readers have come to expect. Back in the corrupt town where he lost his money, and nearly his life, in "Slayground," Parker assembles a stunning cast of characters from throughout his career for one gigantic, blowout job: starting and finishing a gang war. It feels like the Parker novel to end all Parker novels, and for nearly twenty-five years that's what it was. After its publication in 1974, Donald Westlake said, Richard Stark proved to me that he had a life of his own by simply disappearing. He was gone.
Featuring a new introduction by Westlake's close friend and writing partner, Lawrence Block, this classic Parker adventures deserve a place of honor on any crime fan's bookshelf.More than thirty-five years later, "Butcher's Moon" still packs a punch: keep your calendar clearwhen you pick it up, because once you open it you won't want to do anything but read untilthe last shot is fired.

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."

Praise For…


"The best of Donald Westlake's pseudonymous thrillers about Parker, the toughest burglar who ever lived. . . .Out of print for years and years, Butcher's Moon is the ultimate Parker novel, best read as an installment in the series as a whole but comprehensible and wholly satisfying on its own."
-Terry Teachout

“Parker is refreshingly amoral, a thief who always gets away with the swag.”

-Stephen King

“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

“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

“Parker is a true treasure. . . . The master thief is back, along with Richard Stark.”

-Marilyn Stasio

“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.”


“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.”


“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

“Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity—a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call roman noirs.”

-Anthony Boucher

"Parker is a brilliant invention. . . . What chiefly distinguishes Westlake, under whatever name, is his passion for process and mechanics. . . . Parker appears to have eliminated everything from his program but machine logic, but this is merely protective coloration. He is a romantic vestige, a free-market anarchist whose independent status is becoming a thing of the past."

-Luc Sante

"I wouldn't care to speculate about what it is in Westlake's psyche that makes him so good at writing about Parker, much less what it is that makes me like the Parker novels so much. Suffice it to say that Stark/Westlake is the cleanest of all noir novelists, a styleless stylist who gets to the point with stupendous economy, hustling you down the path of plot so briskly that you have to read his books a second time to appreciate the elegance and sober wit with which they are written."

-Terry Teachout

"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

"The University of Chicago Press has recently undertaken a campaign to get Parker back in print in affordable and handsome editions, and I dove in. And now I get it."

-Josef Braun

"Whether early or late, the Parker novels are all superlative literary entertainments."

-Terry Teachout

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780226770956
ISBN-10: 0226770958
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: April 15th, 2011
Pages: 306
Language: English