Donald E. Westlake, RIP

Donald Westlake, the prolific mystery novelist, died on New Year’s Eve while on vacation in Mexico. These are sad tidings for those of us who enjoyed his books. The man wrote something like a hundred under his own name as well as several pen names. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie, The Grifters, adapting it from the Jim Thompson novel. Westlake preferred to write his books using a manual typewriter. Given that he wrote an incredible number of pages, his fingers must have been ready for the Olympics.

Well, rest in peace, Mr. Westlake. Your books will be around for years to come.

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Published in: on January 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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