Crime fiction great Donald Westlake passed away this past New Year's Eve. Over his almost 50 years as a published author, Westlake wrote than 100 books and 5 screenplays, receiving three Edgar Awards, the title of Grand Master from the Mystery Writers of America, and an Academy Award nomination for screenplay. The prolific author wrote several comic caper novels starring hardluck professional thief John Dortmunder, and under the pen name Richard Stark wrote a series about anti-hero and criminal Parker. Westlake was 75.
Tributes abound on the Internet, including Lee Goldberg's A Writer's Life, and Sarah Weinman's Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind (which posts an entire page of links).
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