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Donald E. Westlake
|Born||Donald Edwin Westlake|
July 12, 1933
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||December 31, 2008 75) (aged|
|Pen name||John B. Allan, Judson Jack Carmichael, Curt Clark, Timothy J. Culver, J. Morgan Cunningham, Richard Stark, Edwin West, among others|
|Notable works||The Hot Rock , The Grifters , The Hunter , Anarchaos|
Donald Edwin Westlake (July 12, 1933 – December 31, 2008) was an American writer, with over a hundred novels and non-fiction books to his credit. He specialized in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional foray into science fiction and other genres. Westlake is perhaps best-remembered for creating two professional criminal characters who each starred in a long-running series: the relentless, hard-boiled Parker (published under the pen name Richard Stark), and John Dortmunder who featured in a more humorous series.
Crime fiction, detective story, murder mystery, mystery novel, and police novel: These terms all describe narratives that centre on criminal acts and especially on the investigation, either by an amateur or a professional detective, of a serious crime, generally a murder. It is usually distinguished from mainstream fiction and other genres such as historical fiction or science fiction, but the boundaries are indistinct. Crime fiction has multiple sub-genres, including detective fiction, courtroom drama, hard-boiled fiction and legal thrillers. Most crime drama focuses on crime investigation and does not feature the court room. Suspense and mystery are key elements that are nearly ubiquitous to the genre.
The caper story is a subgenre of crime fiction. The typical caper story involves one or more crimes perpetrated by the main characters in full view of the reader. The actions of police or detectives attempting to prevent or solve the crimes may also be chronicled, but are not the main focus of the story.
Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction that has been called the "literature of ideas". It typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, time travel, parallel universes, fictional worlds, space exploration, and extraterrestrial life. It often explores the potential consequences of scientific innovations.
He was a three-time Edgar Award winner, and alongside Joe Gores and William L. DeAndrea was one of few writers to win Edgars in three different categories (1968, Best Novel, God Save the Mark; 1990, Best Short Story, "Too Many Crooks"; 1991, Best Motion Picture Screenplay, The Grifters ). In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America named Westlake a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by the society.
The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.
Joseph Nicholas "Joe" Gores was an American mystery writer. He was known best for his novels and short stories set in San Francisco and featuring the fictional "Dan Kearney and Associates" private investigation firm specializing in repossessing cars, a thinly veiled escalation of his own experiences as a confidential sleuth and repo man. Gores was also recognized for his novels Hammett, Spade & Archer and his Edgar Award-winning or -nominated works, such as A Time of Predators, 32 Cadillacs and Come Morning.
William Louis DeAndrea was an American mystery writer and columnist.
Westlake was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Lillian (Bounds) and Albert Joseph Westlake,and was raised in Albany, New York.
Albany is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Albany County. Albany is located on the west bank of the Hudson River approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of its confluence with the Mohawk River and approximately 135 miles (220 km) north of New York City.
Westlake wrote constantly in his teens, and after 200 rejections, his first short story sale was in 1954. Sporadic short story sales followed over the next few years, while Westlake attended Champlain College of Plattsburgh, New York (now defunct)and Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. He also spent two years in the United States Air Force.
Champlain College is a private college in Burlington, Vermont. Founded in 1878, Champlain offers on-campus undergraduate and online undergraduate courses through Champlain College Online, along with online certificate and degree programs and master's degree programs, in more than 80 subject areas. Champlain enrolls 2,200 undergraduate students on its Burlington, Vermont campus from 44 states and 17 countries.
The State University of New York at Binghamton, commonly referred to as Binghamton University and SUNY Binghamton, is a public research university with campuses in Binghamton, Vestal, and Johnson City, New York, United States. It is one of the four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. As of Fall 2018, 17,768 undergraduate and graduate students attend the university. The Vestal campus is listed as a census-designated place, with a residential population of 6,177 as of the 2010 Census.
Binghamton is a city in, and the county seat of, Broome County, New York, United States. It lies in the state's Southern Tier region near the Pennsylvania border, in a bowl-shaped valley at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. Binghamton is the principal city and cultural center of the Binghamton metropolitan area, home to a quarter million people. The population of the city itself, according to the 2010 census, is 47,376.
Westlake moved to New York City in 1959, initially to work for a literary agency while writing on the side. By 1960, he was writing full-time. His first novel under his own name, The Mercenaries, was published in 1960; over the next 48 years, Westlake published a variety of novels and short stories under his own name and a number of pseudonyms.
He was married three times, the final time to Abigail Westlake (also known as Abby Adams Westlake and Abby Adams), a writer of nonfiction (her two published books are An Uncommon Scold and The Gardener's Gripe Book). The couple moved out of New York City to Ancram in upstate New York in 1990. Abby Westlake is a well-regarded gardener, and the Westlake garden has frequently been opened for public viewing in the summer.
Ancram is a town in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 1,573 at the 2010 census. The town was named after Ancram, Scotland.
Westlake died of a heart attack on December 31, 2008, while on the way to a New Year's Eve dinner, while he and his wife were on vacation in Mexico.
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Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometers (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 120 million people, the country is the tenth most populous state and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, a special federal entity that is also the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the state include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana and León.
In addition to writing consistently under his own name, Westlake published under several pseudonyms.In the order they debuted:
Westlake sometimes made playful use of his pseudonyms in his work:
Additionally, Westlake conducted a mock 'interview' with Richard Stark, Tucker Coe and Timothy J. Culver in an article for the non-fiction book Murder Ink: The Mystery Reader's Companion.
Donald Westlake was known for the great ingenuity of his plots and the audacity of his gimmicks. His writing and dialogue are lively. His main characters are fully rounded, believable, and clever. Westlake's most famous characters include the hard-boiled criminal Parker (appearing in fiction under the Richard Stark pseudonym) and Parker's comic flip-side John Dortmunder. Westlake was quoted as saying that he originally intended what became The Hot Rock to be a straightforward Parker novel, but "It kept turning funny," and thus became the first John Dortmunder novel.
Most of Donald Westlake's novels are set in New York City. In each of the Dortmunder novels, there is typically a detailed foray somewhere through the city. He wrote just two non-fiction books: Under an English Heaven, regarding the unlikely 1967 Anguillan "revolution", and a biography of Elizabeth Taylor.
Westlake was an occasional contributor to science fiction fanzines such as Xero , and used Xero as a venue for a harsh announcement that he was leaving the science fiction field.
Several of Westlake's novels have been made into motion pictures: 1967's Point Blank (based on The Hunter ) with Lee Marvin as Parker (changed to Walker); Mise à sac – entitled Le Couperet , the film takes place in France and Belgium rather than the novel's setting of New England; Parker in 2013, based on Flashfire, with Jason Statham as Parker.(based on The Score) with Michel Constantin as Parker (changed to Georges), also in 1967; 1968's The Split (from the book The Seventh) with Jim Brown as Parker (changed to McClain); The Hot Rock in 1972 with Robert Redford; Cops and Robbers in 1973; The Outfit with Robert Duvall as Parker (changed to Macklin), also in 1973; Bank Shot in 1974 with George C. Scott; The Busy Body (with an "all-star cast") in 1967; Slayground with Peter Coyote as Parker (changed to Stone) in 1983; Why Me? with Christopher Lambert, Christopher Lloyd, and J. T. Walsh in 1990; Payback in 1999, the second film made from The Hunter, with Mel Gibson as Parker (changed to Porter); What's the Worst That Could Happen? in 2001 with Martin Lawrence as Dortmunder (changed to Kevin Caffery); Constantin Costa-Gavras adapted The Ax for the European screen in 2005, to great critical and public acclaim
In his introduction to one of the short stories in Thieves' Dozen, Westlake mentioned legal troubles with Hollywood over his continued use of the Dortmunder novel characters; the movie studios attempted to assert that he had sold the rights to the characters to them permanently as a result of the Redford film.
The novel Jimmy the Kid has been adapted three times: in Italy as Come ti rapisco il pupoin 1976; in the U.S. as Jimmy the Kid in 1982 starring Gary Coleman; and in Germany as Jimmy the Kid in 1998 starring Herbert Knaup.
The novel Two Much! has been adapted twice: in France as Le Jumeau (The Twin) in 1984; and in the U.S. as Two Much in 1995 starring Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.
Jean-Luc Godard's Made in U.S.A. in 1966 was an extremely loose adaptation of The Jugger. Neither the film's producer nor Godard purchased the rights to the novel, so Westlake successfully sued to prevent the film's commercial distribution in the United States.
Westlake was himself a screenwriter. His script for the 1990 film The Grifters, adapted from the novel by Jim Thompson, was nominated for an Academy Award. (Westlake the screenwriter adapted Jim Thompson's work in a straightforward manner, but Westlake the humourist played on Thompson's name later that year in the Dortmunder novel Drowned Hopes by featuring a character named "Tom Jimson" who is a criminal psychopath.) Westlake also wrote the screenplay The Stepfather (from a story by Westlake, Brian Garfield and Carolyn Lefcourt), the film of which was sufficiently popular to inspire two sequels and a remake, projects in which Westlake was not involved.
In 1987 Westlake wrote the teleplay Fatal Confession, a pilot for the TV series Father Dowling Mysteries based on the novels by Ralph McInerny. He also appeared in a small role (as the mystery writer Rich Vincent) in the third-season episode, "The Hardboiled Mystery."
While the seventeenth James Bond film GoldenEye was in post-production, Westlake wrote story treatments for the eighteenth James Bond film (eventually titled Tomorrow Never Dies ) in collaboration with Bond series writer-producer Michael G. Wilson. None of Westlake's ideas made it into the completed film, but in 1998 the author used the first treatment as the basis for a novel, Fall of the City. The existence of the novel (and its connection to the Bond treatments) was revealed in an article published in issue #32 of the magazine MI6 Confidential; the article also provides a detailed analysis of the two treatments.Fall of the City was published under the title Forever and a Death in June 2017 by Hard Case Crime.
Westlake co-wrote the story for the pilot of the ill-fated 1979 TV series Supertrain with teleplay writer Earl W. Wallace; Westlake and Wallace shared "created by" credit.
|1959||All My Lovers||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall|
|1959||Backstage Love||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall||Phil Crawford||Also published as Apprentice Virgin|
|1959||Man Hungry||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall|
|1959||Sally||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall|
|1960||All About Annette||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall|
|1960||All the Girls Were Willing||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall||Phil Crawford||Later printed as What Girls Will Do|
|1960||A Girl Called Honey||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall & Sheldon Lord||A collaboration between Westlake and Lawrence Block|
|1960||The Mercenaries||Random House||Donald E. Westlake||Also published in the UK as The Smashers. Republished in 2009 under Westlake's preferred title, The Cutie.|
|1960||So Willing||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall & Sheldon Lord||A collaboration between Westlake and Lawrence Block|
|1960||Virgin's Summer||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall|
|1960||The Wife Next Door||Midwood Books||Alan Marshall|
|1961||Call Me Sinner||Nightstand Books||Alan Marshall|
|1961||Passion's Plaything||Bedside Books||Alan Marshall|
|1961||Off Limits||Bedside Books||Alan Marshall|
|1961||Brother and Sister||Monarch Books||Edwin West|
|1961||Campus Doll||Monarch Books||Edwin West|
|1960||Young and Innocent||Monarch Books||Edwin West|
|1961||Killing Time||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1962||The Hunter||Pocket Books||Richard Stark||Parker||Later published as Point Blank and Payback. First appearance of master thief Parker.|
|1962||361||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1962||Strange Affair||Monarch Books||Edwin West|
|1963||Killy||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1963||Sin Prowl||Corinth Publications||Alan Marshall||Phil Crawford|
|1963||Campus Lovers||Monarch Books||Edwin West|
|1963||The Man with the Getaway Face||Pocket Books||Richard Stark||Parker||Also published in the UK as Steel Hit.|
|1963||The Outfit||Pocket Books||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1963||The Mourner||Pocket Books||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1963||The Score||Pocket Books||Richard Stark||Parker||Also published in the UK as Killtown.|
|1964||Pity Him Afterwards||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1965||The Fugitive Pigeon||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1965||The Jugger||Pocket Books||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1966||The Seventh||Pocket Books||Richard Stark||Parker||Later published as The Split.|
|1966||The Busy Body||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1966||The Handle||Pocket Books||Richard Stark||Parker||Also published in the UK as Run Lethal.|
|1966||The Spy In The Ointment||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1966||Kinds of Love, Kinds of Death||Random House||Tucker Coe||Mitchell Tobin|
|1967||Murder Among Children||Random House||Tucker Coe||Mitchell Tobin|
|1967||The Damsel||Macmillan Publishers||Richard Stark||Grofield|
|1967||The Rare Coin Score||Fawcett Books||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1967||God Save the Mark||Random House||Donald E. Westlake||Edgar Award winner for Best Novel|
|1967||Philip||Thomas Y. Crowell Co.||Donald E. Westlake|
|1967||Anarchaos||Ace Books||Curt Clark|
|1967||The Green Eagle Score||Fawcett Books||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1968||Who Stole Sassi Manoon?||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1968||The Black Ice Score||Fawcett Books||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1969||The Sour Lemon Score||Fawcett Books||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1969||Somebody Owes Me Money||Random House||Donald E. Westlake|
|1969||Up Your Banners||Lancer Books||Donald E. Westlake|
|1969||The Dame||Macmillan Publishers||Richard Stark||Grofield|
|1969||The Blackbird||Macmillan Publishers||Richard Stark||Grofield|
|1970||The Hot Rock||Simon & Schuster||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder||Originally planned as a non-comic Parker novel; introduces John Dortmunder|
|1970||Adios Scheherazade||Simon & Schuster||Donald E. Westlake||Builds on Westlake's experiences writing soft-core porn.|
|1970||Wax Apple||Random House||Tucker Coe||Mitchell Tobin|
|1970||A Jade in Aries||Random House||Tucker Coe||Mitchell Tobin|
|1970||Ex Officio||M. Evans||Timothy J. Culver||Also published under the title Power Play.|
|1971||Lemons Never Lie||World Publishing Company||Richard Stark||Grofield|
|1971||I Gave At The Office||Simon & Schuster||Donald E. Westlake|
|1971||Deadly Edge||Random House||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1971||Slayground||Random House||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1972||Bank Shot||Simon & Schuster||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|1972||Cops and Robbers||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake|
|1972||Don't Lie To Me||Random House||Tucker Coe||Mitchell Tobin|
|1972||Plunder Squad||Random House||Richard Stark||Parker||Crosses over with the 1972 Joe Gores novel Dead Skip|
|1973||Comfort Station||Signet Books||J. Morgan Cunningham|
|1973||Gangway!||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake and Brian Garfield|
|1974||Butcher's Moon||Random House||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1974||Help, I Am Being Held Prisoner||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake|
|1974||Jimmy the Kid||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder||Includes chapters from an otherwise non-existent novel by Richard Stark entitled Child Heist.|
|1975||Two Much||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake|
|1975||Brothers Keepers||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake|
|1976||Dancing Aztecs||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake|
|1977||Nobody's Perfect||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|1980||Castle In The Air||M. Evans||Donald E. Westlake|
|1981||Kahawa||Viking Press||Donald E. Westlake|
|1983||Why Me?||Viking Press||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|1984||A Likely Story||Penzler Books||Donald E. Westlake|
|1985||High Adventure||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake|
|1985||Good Behavior||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|1986||One of Us is Wrong||Tor Books||Samuel Holt||Sam Holt|
|1986||I Know a Trick Worth Two of That||Tor Books||Samuel Holt||Sam Holt|
|1987||What I Tell You Three Times is False||Tom Doherty Associates||Samuel Holt||Sam Holt|
|1988||Trust Me On This||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake||Sara Joslyn|
|1989||Sacred Monster||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake|
|1989||The Fourth Dimension Is Death||Tom Doherty Associates||Samuel Holt||Sam Holt|
|1990||Drowned Hopes||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder||Crosses over with the 1992 Joe Gores novel 32 Cadillacs|
|1991||The Perfect Murder: Five Great Mystery Writers Create the Perfect Crime||HarperCollins||Jack Hitt with Lawrence Block, Sarah Caudwell, Tony Hillerman, Peter Lovesey, Donald E. Westlake||Collaborative novel, devised and edited by Hitt. Westlake contributes two chapters.|
|1992||Humans||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake|
|1993||Don't Ask||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|1994||Baby, Would I Lie?||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake||Sara Joslyn|
|1995||Smoke||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake|
|1996||What's The Worst That Could Happen?||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|1997||The Ax||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake|
|1997||Comeback||Mysterious Press||Richard Stark||Parker|
|1998||Backflash||Mysterious Press||Richard Stark||Parker|
|2000||The Hook||Warner Books||Donald E. Westlake||Published in the UK as Corkscrew|
|2000||Flashfire||Mysterious Press||Richard Stark||Parker|
|2001||Firebreak||Warner Books||Richard Stark||Parker|
|2001||Bad News||Warner Books||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|2002||Put a Lid on it||Warner Books||Donald E. Westlake|
|2002||Breakout||Mysterious Press||Richard Stark||Parker|
|2002||The Scared Stiff||Carroll & Graf Publishers||Judson Jack Carmichael||Published in the UK as by Donald E. Westlake|
|2003||Money For Nothing||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake|
|2004||The Road to Ruin||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|2004||Nobody Runs Forever||Mysterious Press||Richard Stark||Parker|
|2005||Watch Your Back!||Mysterious Press||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|2006||Ask the Parrot||Mysterious Press||Richard Stark||Parker|
|2007||What's So Funny?||Warner Books||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|2008||Dirty Money||Grand Central Publishing||Richard Stark||Parker|
|2009||Get Real||Grand Central Publishing||Donald E. Westlake||Dortmunder|
|2010||Memory||Hard Case Crime||Donald E. Westlake||Written in the 1960s, published posthumously.|
|2012||The Comedy Is Finished||Hard Case Crime||Donald E. Westlake||Written in the early 1980s, published posthumously.|
|2017||Forever and a Death||Hard Case Crime||Donald E. Westlake||Written in 1998, published posthumously.|
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