R.I.P. Donald E. Westlake

One of crime fiction’s all-time greats, Donald E. Westlake, died of a heart attack on New Year’s Eve at the age of 75. The author of the Parker novels (under the pseudonym Richard Stark), Westlake also found success in screenwriting, most notably earning an Oscar nomination for adapting THE GRIFTERS. He will, it goes without saying, be missed.

BOOKGASM REVIEWS OF DONALD E. WESTLAKE:
ASK THE PARROT by Richard Stark
THE AX by Donald E. Westlake
COPS AND ROBBERS by Donald E. Westlake
DIRTY MONEY by Richard Stark
THE HUNTER by Richard Stark
KILLTOWN by Richard Stark
LEMONS NEVER LIE by Richard Stark
THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE by Richard Stark
THE OUTFIT by Richard Stark
PITY HIM AFTERWARDS by Donald E. Westlake
POINT BLANK by Richard Stark
SOMEBODY OWES ME MONEY by Donald E. Westlake
THE SOUR LEMON SCORE by Richard Stark
THE SPY IN THE OINTMENT by Donald E. Westlake
361 by Donald E. Westlake
WHAT’S SO FUNNY? by Donald E. Westlake
WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? by Donald E. Westlake

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Comment by Bill Crider
2009-01-01 16:30:18

I’ve been reading Westlake for more than 40 years. It’s hard for me to imagine the mystery field without him.

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Comment by Bruce
2009-01-01 16:43:35

This is such a huge blow to all fans of crime fiction.

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Comment by montyburnz
2009-01-01 18:46:43

R.I.P Mr. Westlake/Stark.

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Comment by Corey Redekop
2009-01-01 20:32:10

What a lousy way to start the year. Goddamn but this sucks. The man could have written forever and never have gotten boring.

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Comment by Josh Jabcuga
2009-01-01 21:11:15

R.I.P., dear sir.

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Comment by Frankie
2009-01-02 01:29:48

damn. i only started reading his stuff this last year, but it didn’t take long to realize how important he was to the genre. RIP sir

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Comment by Alan Cranis
2009-01-02 16:59:31

Indeed, a very sad way to start the New Year. And much like his friend and fellow writer, Ed McBain, the best way to honor his memory is to continue reading his works and recommending them to everyone we know. What a wonderful legacy this giant-of-an-author left us. Long may they remain in print and inspire generations of readers and writers to come.

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