You probably haven&;t ever noticed them. But they&;ve noticed you. They notice everything. That&;s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers&; 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.
They&;re thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They&;re pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you&;re planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister&;s heister, the robber&;s robber, the heavy&;s heavy. You don&;t want to cross him, and you don&;t want to get in his way, because he&;ll stop at nothing to get what he&;s after.
Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark&;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. This season&;s offerings include volumes 4&;6 in the series: The Mourner, The Score, and The Jugger.
The Mourner is a story of convergence&;of cultures and of guys with guns. Hot on the trail of a statue stolen from a fifteenth-century French tomb, Parker enters a world of eccentric art collectors, greedy foreign officials, and shady KGB agents. Next, Parker works with a group of professional con men in The Score on his biggest job yet&;robbing an entire town in North Dakota. In The Jugger, Parker travels to Nebraska to help out a geriatric safecracker who knows too many of his criminal secrets. By the time he arrives, the safecracker is dead and Parker&;s skeletons are on the verge of escaping from their closet&;unless Parker resorts to lethal measures.
&;Whatever Stark writes, I read. He&;s a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude.&;&;Elmore Leonard
&;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.&;&;Washington Post Book World
&;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
Stark, R., & Banville, J. (2009). The mourner. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)
Stark, Richard, 1933-2008 and John. Banville. 2009. The Mourner. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)
Stark, Richard, 1933-2008 and John. Banville, The Mourner. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2009.MLA Citation (style guide)
Stark, Richard, and John Banville. The Mourner. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2009. Print.
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