Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter

Episode 11

Johnny, Frankie, and Dennis review Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke. The original book was written by Donald E. Westlake. In this episode the gang discusses the really long title of the book; a parallel between the character of Parker and Don Draper of Mad Men; why Darwyn Cooke was granted the rare permission to use Parker’s name in his adaptation of Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter; the violence and harm that Parker causes while trying to get his $45,000 back from the man who took it; the harm the befalls many of the female characters in the book; the corporate rules the crime syndicate follows to rebuff Parker’s request for his money; and if Parker listens would listen to R.E.M.’s Everybody Hurts after a relationship ends.

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Featured music:

Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing
Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen cover) by The Walkmen

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