Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Westlake in Sweden: The Hunter (1964)

Installment #2 in the Swedish Westlake saga.

As I said earlier, X-böckerna followed up the 2nd Parker with the 1st. This pb is #162 in the series.

Pretty cool cover. Would have been even cooler if Parker had actually been a woman.

The text on the cover translates as "Suddenly the tables were turned - and Parker was no longer the one fleeing..."

(Btw, the text on the cover of #159 translates as "When the bandages came off, Parker looked into the mirror and met the eyes of a stranger...")

A few words about X-böckerna. They existed from 1952 to 1966 (AFAIK) and operated out of Gothenburg. They may be best remembered for publishing no less than 26 Harry Whittington titles between 1953 and 1962, thus making them the major source of Whittington books in Swedish. And of course, there were those two Parker novels... They also changed the design of their books seemingly once a month. For instance, #159 measures 105 by 182 millimetres. Three books later, #162 measures 108 by 165. Not much later they would switch to covers with photography.

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