Re: RARA-AVIS: The Violent World of Parker

Date: 03 Jan 2009

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    Under various names, The Hunter has been reprinted most often of the Parker books, due to the movies made from it. After that, reprinting has been a crapshoot. So many of the paperbacks have only come out twice, at most, especially near the end of the first run. Plunder Squad and Butcher's Moon are ridiculously hard to find (I first read the latter as a beat up Brit paperback I was thrilled to find in beach used bookstore). I think both have only come out once in paperback in the states, the fomer as a twofer (with Deadly Edge, I think). So coming near the end of the early series, Deadly Edge has rarely been reprinted. Not quite as rare as those later two, but close. And as the series' deserved reputationt goes up and up, more and more people are looking for fewer and fewer copies. I make a policy of picking up any cheap copies I see of the series at cheap prices, but it's been a while since I've run across one.

    That's why the new Parker reprint project is so thrilling. Let's hope they actually manage to stay the course through the whole series.


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