The Hunter
adapted as "Payback"

The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard Stark

The Hunter
A Parker Mystery (1st in series)
Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard Stark

Publisher: Pocket
ISBN-10: 0-226-77099-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-77099-4
Published: January 1962

Synopsis: Mal Resnick made three mistakes. He took Parker's money. He took Parker's wife. And he tried to take Parker's life. The heist they pulled was a cream puff. The cash was hot. So when they stole it, it got no hotter, even though they left some bodies behind. But the score went sour with Mal on the run with the money and Parker left for dead. Tough luck for Mal that Parker didn't die. Because now Parker wants some payback with interest. And revenge is the name of the game-no matter who Parker has to kill ... even if it means declaring war on all the Big Boys with just one very deadly .38.

Additional notes: The Hunter was republished as Point Blank following the release of the 1967 movie of this same name. It was later republished as Payback following the release of the 1999 movie of this name.

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Payback (DVD Cover)

Brian Helgeland, Director

Theatrical release date: 02/05/1999
DVD release date: 04/10/2007
Studio: Paramount

Cast: Porter (Mel Gibson), Val Resnick (Gregg Henry), Rosie (Maria Bello), Arthur Stegman (David Paymer), Det. Hicks (Bill Duke), Mrs. Lynn Porter (Deborah Kara Unger), Phil (John Glover), Carter (William Devane), Pearl (Lucy Liu), Det. Leary (Jack Conley), Bronson (Kris Kristofferson)

Rating: R
Running time: 111 minutes

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