Butcher's Moon

Butcher's Moon
Pub date 1st January 1974
Original publisher Random House
Publisher (US) University of Chicago Press

Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark

The sixteenth Parker novel, Butcher’s Moon is more than twice as long most of the master heister’s adventures, and absolutely jammed with the action, violence, and nerve-jangling tension readers have come to expect. Back in the corrupt town where he lost his money, and nearly his life, in Slayground, Parker assembles a stunning cast of characters from throughout his career for one gigantic, blowout job: starting—and finishing—a gang war. It feels like the Parker novel to end all Parker novels, and for nearly twenty-five years that’s what it was. After its publication in 1974, Donald Westlake said, “Richard Stark proved to me that he had a life of his own by simply disappearing. He was gone.” 

Featuring a new introduction by Westlake’s close friend and writing partner, Lawrence Block, this classic Parker adventures deserve a place of honor on any crime fan’s bookshelf. More than thirty-five years later, Butcher's Moon still packs a punch: keep your calendar clear when you pick it up, because once you open it you won't want to do anything but read until the last shot is fired.


Praise for Butcher's Moon

 "The best of Donald Westlake's pseudonymous thrillers about Parker, the toughest burglar who ever lived. . . .Out of print for years and years, Butcher's Moon is the ultimate Parker novel, best read as an installment in the series as a whole but comprehensible and wholly satisfying on its own."

- Terry Teachout, author of About Last Night


 “Butcher's moon, blood red, brings Parker back to the small town where he'd left $73,000 behind in an amusement park. While he gets reminders from his enemies in the shape of fingers lopped off of his partner, Parker begins to hit all the mob places, from a restaurant, to a brewery, garage, casino in what is called a ""little boom-boom."", A lot, really, for all those readers on the take. They're very much around.”

 - Kirkus


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