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Parker’s Rules

  • Don’t ever show a gun to a man you don’t want to kill.
  • Don’t talk to the law.
  • Always split the money fair.
  • Each man for himself.
  • Don’t kill somebody unless you have to. It puts the law on you like nothing else.
  • Never leave a guy alive who’d like to see you dead.
  • Don’t let yourself be framed in a lit doorway.
  • Don’t meet in a town where you’re going to make a hit.
  • Don’t stay in the hotel where you’re going to make a hit.
  • Don’t take a job on consignment.
  • Don’t work with anyone you can’t trust or don’t respect.
  • When there’s no place to hide, stay where you are.
  • Any job that requires more than five guys to be pulled can’t be pulled.
  • For a big enough score, any rule can be broken.

So some guys are not into lists. But I think this one is important – not only for crime fiction readers: Parker’s fourteen Rules. Read, learn, follow – at 50 Years of Parker, dedicated to Richard Stark’s hero and published by the University of Chicago Press. Thanks, guys!

»Crime fiction fans know the name Parker, a single-named anti-hero of the 1960s. As a character, he’s a career criminal, hired gun and professional thief, a pulp-fiction prince of America’s seedy underworld.(…) More recently, Parker has found new life in a series of imaginative and stylish graphic novels from Eisner Award-winning artist and writer Darwyn Cooke.«
Christian DuChateau spoke with Darwyn Cooke about is comic adaption of Donald Westlake’s Parker novels. Read the interview transcript at

» I think this is very apparent in Donald Westlake’s body of work, and Memory and The Comedy Is Finished only reinforce this. The man’s work continues to speak of him and for him, even though he is no longer among the living. And what his work tells me is quite simple.«
Jimmy Callaway about two posthumous published novels by Donald Westlake (aka Richard Stark). Read more at Criminal Complex.