The Hunter is the first book in the Parkarker series by Richard Stark -- penname for Doanld Westlake. The prose is taut and lean and part of what makes this series great. the other element is, of course, Parker himself. He makes Jack Reacher look like a little schoolgirl. In The Hunter, Parker has been betrayed and left for dead by his partner and his wife, but he will not reast until vengeance has been dealt out properly. Get hooked on the Parker novels!