Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Two Sides of Donald Westlake

An assortment of crime writers and collaborators share their thoughts on the legacy of the late Donald Westlake (1933-2008), who pulled off the nifty trick of writing crime fiction that was funny (Dortmunder series) and crime fiction that was dark (Parker series, under the pen name Richard Stark)—and being great at all of it.

"They're a university course in how to write a well-plotted, fast-moving novel," notes Otto Penzler, publisher for Mysterious Press, which has been reissuing Westlake's classic Dormunder crime comedies to eBook.

Related links:
Donald Westlake's posthumous crime novel The Comedy Is Finished (PW)
The Complete DORTMUNDER by Donald Westlake (1970)
The Complete PARKER by Richard Stark (1962)
Donald Westlake: Gone, Not Forgotten
Donald Westlake 1933-2008

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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.