I can understand why The University of Chicago Press is re-issuing the Richard Stark books. The staccato writing, bleak characters and bad a** attitude of Parker makes "The Hunter" a fired out of a cannon read. You are spent by the time you are done. It's not a long book - I don't think I could have taken much more. I was almost feeling bad for the mob guy in this one! I will read more of the Parker series, but not one right after the other.