Re: RARA-AVIS: The Hunter

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 14 Nov 2000

On Mon, 13 Nov 2000, James Reasoner wrote:

> 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.)

Isn't he the guy who finances the robbery in "The Asphalt Jungle"? This makes me think that Westlake puts the clues for the fifties caper films in purpose.

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

It's a good one, but I'd say "Four for the Money" is better. It's a caper novel, actually, but nonetheless.


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