RARA-AVIS: The Hunter

From: James Reasoner ( james53@flash.net)
Date: 13 Nov 2000

Despite having seen both film versions of this book, I'd never read it before now. I found it considerably better than either movie, very fast-moving and well-written. The only books I'd read in the Parker series are _Slayground_ and _Comeback_. Enjoyed them both but liked _The Hunter_ even better. Nice touch the way Westlake describes one of the characters as looking like the actor Louis Calhern. That really puts the reader right into the era in which the book was written. (Assuming, of course, that the reader knows who Louis Calhern was.) Someone mentioned that the first three books in the series are something of an unofficial trilogy. I definitely intend to read the other two.

But my favorite book of this type is still Marlowe's _The Name of the Game is Death_.

Best, James

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