Once upon a time, a man by the name of Donald E. Westlake sat down and wrote (under the pen-name Richard Stark) the first in a long series of novels (twenty-four to be exact) about a criminal mastermind named Parker.
This book, featuring a ruthless career criminal on a relentless quest for revenge, was too good a story to pass-up. So the suits in Hollywood got a hold of it, renamed it ‘Point Blank’, and turned it into a genuine art-house gangster movie. Think film noir done in a French New Wave style (you’ll understand what I mean if you see it).
Many years down the line, Darwyn Cooke (a well-known and beloved comic book creator) got it into his head to adapt Richard Stark’s Parker books into original graphic novels. At that moment, the world became a better place.
If you’re a fan of dark crime stories as written by such illustrious authors as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thompson and Elmore Leonard, then you owe it to yourself to read this beautifully illustrated adaptation of Donald E. Westlake’s first Parker novel. It would be criminal not to.