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Offline Jazzman99

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Donald Westlake RIP
« on: January 01, 2009, 08:43:14 PM »
There aren't enough dirty words to express what I'm feeling at the moment.  2008 was a miserable year in many respects, and apparently it got in one last terrible blow by taking Donald Westlake on Dec. 31.

If you haven't read Westlake, you haven't read the finest crime fiction of the last few decades, period.  As Richard Stark he wrote the best hard-boiled books since Jim Thompson, about the master thief, Parker.  Under his own name he wrote the Dortmunder books, easily the funniest capers ever put between two covers.  Under a wide variety of names he wrote dozens upon dozens of great books and hundreds and hundreds of wonderful stories.

Why do my favorite authors seem to be dropping like flies lately?
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Re: Donald Westlake RIP
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 07:48:18 PM »
Parker... I could be wrong, but I think Darwyn Cooke will be doing comics adapting the Parker books, if that is indeed the same character.


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Re: Donald Westlake RIP
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2009, 09:05:40 PM »
Yep, same Parker.  Cooke is a huge Westlake fan; his Catwoman story "Selina's Big Score" is essentially an extended homage to the master, with one key character even named "Stark."
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