It is a basic truth, I guess, that villains are more intriguing than heroes. Villains are indispensable; you need them to give the heroes something to be good against. The more evil and diabolical and smart the villain, the better the hero looks when he ultimately triumphs.
Richard Stark, the dark pseudonym of Donald Westlake, has written with FLASHFIRE 23 books about Parker. Parker is a career criminal who is about as villainous as they come. He is totally amoral and functions in a world of fluid rigidity. He has a very strict, uncompromising code of behavior. At the same time he is very adaptable: he does whatever he needs to do to get him what h