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Description: You probably haven7;t ever noticed them. But they7;ve noticed you. They noticeeverything. That7;s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers7; work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack. They7;re thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They7;re pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you7;re planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister7;s heister, the robber7;s robber, the heavy7;s heavy. You don7;t want to cross him, and you don7;t want to get in his way, because he7;ll stop at nothing to get what he7;s after. Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark7;s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style-and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency-Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover-and become addicted to. InThe Hunter, the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption. Next, Parker goes under the knife inThe Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet: an armored car in New Jersey, stuffed with cash. InThe Outfit,Parker goes toe-to-toe with the mob-hitting them with heist after heist after heist-and the entire underworld learns an unforgettable lesson: whatever Parker does, he does deadly. 0;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.1;-WashingtonPost Book World 0;Elmore Leonard wouldn7;t write what he does if Stark hadn7;t been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn7;t write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.1;-Los AngelesTimes 0;Donald Westlake7;s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you7;ve been telling yourself aboutWar and Peaceand Proust-these are the books you7;ll want on that desert island.1;-Lawrence Block