Parker is a fictional character created by American author Donald E. Westlake who published the series of books under the pseudonym Richard Stark. Parker is a professional thief who is relentless and has no redeemable qualities whatsoever. He is perfectly fine with committing murder if someone is standing between him and what he wants. Several times, actors including Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson have portrayed the Parker character in film, although never using the “Parker” name.

Parker made his first appearance in The Hunter (alternately titled Point Blank aswell as Payback) in 1962. Parker would later take a break between 1974 and 1997, before making his return in Comeback in 1997. His last official appearance is in Dirty Money in 2008. Below is a list of Donald E. Westlake’s (or Richard Stark’s) Parker books in publication order (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Parker Books


The Hunter(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man With the Getaway Face(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Outfit(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mourner(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Score(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Jugger(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Seventh(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Handle(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Green Eagle Score(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rare Coin Score(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Black Ice Score(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sour Lemon Score(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadly Edge(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Slayground(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Plunder Squad(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Butcher's Moon(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Comeback(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Backflash(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flashfire(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Firebreak(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Breakout(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nobody Runs Forever(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ask the Parrot(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dirty Money(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Handle was published in the United Kingdom as Run Lethal. The Man With the Getaway Face was published in the United Kingdom as Steel Hit. The Hunter had two alternate titles – Point Blank and Payback. The Score was published in the UK as Killtown. The Seventh was published under the alternate title of The Split.

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  • Steven

    The Mourner was the fourth book, not the second (in both publication and chronology.) You also have the year wrong on two other books- see herefor clarification: http://www.donaldwestlake.com/parker/

    • Brandon

      Thank you for the correction! Sources can get confused when several books are put out in the same year.