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Westlake, Donald E.

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Donald E. Westlake's dark characters have been likened to those from the classic noir novels.

jim charter - 09:54pm Oct 10, 1998 PST(#1 of 11)

Still, Good news! "Backflash" featuring Parker is due out in October. Even better news is that it is the second Parker novel in the past year. If memory serves, the first one is "Comeback" and Parker definitely hasn't gotten any sweeter in the last 20 years. I have no idea why Westlake waited so many years to renew this series. It's hard to believe that someone who writes the comic "Dortmunder" novels can write stories as dark as these. But I'm glad he can.

Paul Watson - 07:57am Oct 20, 1998 PST(#2 of 11)

I think of the Dortmunder books as "Crime a la Seinfeld": Imagine the Seinfeld characters going in together on a heist. In the novel _Bank Shot_, for instance, when Dortmunder and his group steal a bank, which is temporarily housed in a trailer, they hide the trailer in a trailer park. So far so good. But then they repaint it with water-based paint. Which then runs in the rain. If that doesn't sound like a George Costanza plan . . .

(Robert Redford was the perfect Dortmunder, IMO. Nobody else could do that air of comic exasperation quite as well.)

bill Gordon - 06:59pm Aug 3, 1999 PST(#3 of 11)

I'm aware that Donald Westlake writes under the Nmae Richard Stark...and he also has other pseudonyms.

I'd like to know what other names he writes under.

CKent - 08:43am Aug 9, 1999 PST(#4 of 11)

Donald Westlake has written under the names Tucker Coe, Timothy Culver and Curt Clark. But good luck finding any of these books. They have all been out of print for ages and ages.

Gabriele B - 05:55pm Sep 27, 1999 PST(#5 of 11)

I read three novels by Westlake as Tucker Coe: Kinds of Love, Kinds of Death (1966), Murder Among Children (68)and Don't Lie to Me (1972). They are the worst Westlake novels: the protagonist, Mitch Tobin, is a former policeman sad and moaning and the plot is very clumsy. I don't know T. Culver and C. Clark, but maybe the novels were published in Italy as Westlake.

Peter Medina - 09:20pm Nov 1, 1999 PST(#6 of 11)

I like to think I am the biggest fan of Donald Westlake. Not in size, but eagerness to read his next book. Do you think it will be a Dortmunder or a Parker. Or one of his single shots, Like "Brother's Keeper"? I'd be happy to discuss Westlake with you folks. Some other names her wrote under, whose books I have, are Curt Clark and Timonthy Culver. Please write Pete

Nils Roffmann - 11:07am Feb 9, 2000 PST(#7 of 11)

Hi! I am a German student who needs to find stuff about D. Westlake. I am especially interested in his short story "The winner". Can anybody help me? Then mail me please! Nils

John Hajduch - 02:30pm Sep 25, 2001 PST(#8 of 11)

Is this area dead? Have the posts stopped? Am I missing something? I don't see a new post here this year.

alysaryn2 - 09:57pm Oct 7, 2001 PST(#9 of 11)

Wow..Where is everyone??? Off reading Bad News I hope!! :)

Dallas Heltzell - 01:06pm Nov 28, 2006 PST(#10 of 11)

Since this is MysteryNet, I've got a mystery that needs solving, involving my favorite author. My casual search on revealed a Donald Westlake book I never knew existed: "The Scared Stiff," released in 2003. It's another wonderful caper, this one set in a fictitious South American country. Apparently, though, the book was only published in Great Britain, and Westlake doesn't even list it in the bibliography on his website. Does anyone know why?

Fran Hinkel - 03:42am Jul 25, 2007 PST(#11 of 11)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

I think it is because he wrote it under a pseudonym - Judson Jack Carmichael. We don't know for sure if he authored the book alone or with someone else, although the later copies I've seen are under the Westlake name.

I don't see anything after 2001 listed on Westlake's webpage, so maybe it just has not been updated.

There seems to be some mystery involved with some of the books written under a pseudonym. For example, he has written with Lawrence Block under the names of Sheldon Lord & Alan Marshall.

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