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          author Donald E. Westlake

"I wanted Parker to operate in the Internet age without losing being Parker. He's always operated in the world without really
being with the world, and cyberspace means that the rest of us are more and more living the same way."

"Nobody gets everything in this life. You decide your priorities and you make your choices. I'd decided long ago
that any cake I had would be eaten." – in "Two Much"

"Life is a slow-motion avalanche, and none of us are steering."

— Donald E. Westlake

          B I O
          t e x t
          h e r e
Donald Edwin Edmund Westlake was born 12 July 1933 in Brooklyn, New York; died 31 December 2008 (age 75) in San Tancho, Mexico
he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1993
won an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture for "The Grifters" [1990], plus nominated for Best Screenplay by AMPAS & WGA; won shared Edgar Award for Best TV Movie for "A Slight Case of Murder" [T.N.T. 1999]

official Donald Westlake website
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Donald E. Westlake [since 1962] credits at Internet Movie Database

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Fiction  by  Donald E. Westlake

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Mercenaries" [1960]
also published in the U.K. as "The Smashers"; republished in 2009 under Westlake's preferred title "The Cutie"

"Killing Time" [1961] publ'd later as "The Operator"

"361: A Random House Mystery" [1962]
'361' mystery novel by Donald E. Westlake  cars cover for '361' mystery novel by Donald E. Westlake  After several members of Ray Kelly's family are killed, he learns
that his father worked for The Mob . . .

Kindle Edition from Hard Case Crime [10/2011] for $6.29
Hard Case Crime mass pb [3/2011] out of print/used
Hard Case Crime mass pb [2005] out of print/70+ used
Random House 8¼x5½ hardcover [1962] out of print/used

"Killy" [1963]

"Pity Him Afterwards" [1964]

"The Fugitive Pigeon" [1965]

"The Busy Body: A Comedy of Peril" [1966]

"The Spy In The Ointment" [1966]

"God Save The Mark" [1967] = Edgar Award winner for Best Novel

"Philip" [1967]

"Who Stole Sassi Manoon?" [1968]

"The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution" [stories 1968]

"Somebody Owes Me Money" [1969]

"Up Your Banners" [1969]

"Up Your Banners: A Comedy of Controversy" [1969] by Donald E. Westlake

"Adios Scheherazade: The Secret Life of A Sensuous Man" [1970]
writer Ed Topliss & big-time porno

"I Gave At The Office" [1971]

"Cops & Robbers" [Mevans HB 72, Signet movie tie-in pb 5/73]
"Cops & Robbers" feature film [1973] screenplay bt DEW

"Gangway!" [1973] by Donald E. Westlake & Brian Garfield
"the world's first comedy romance suspense pirate western adventure novel"

"Help I Am Being Held Prisoner" [1974]

"Two Much!" [1975]

"Brothers Keepers" [1975]

"Dancing Aztecs" [1976]

"Enough!" [1977] two novellas "A Travesty" and "Ordo"

"Castle In The Air" [1980]

"Kahawa: The African Novel" [1981]
robbery of a trainload of coffee in Idi Amin's Uganda

"A Likely Story" [1984]

"Levine" [6 novellas 1984]

"High Adventure" [1985]

"Trust Me On This" [1988]
reporter Sara Joslyn finds & then loses bloody corpse in a Buick Riviera on way to new job at notorious tabloid

"Sacred Monster" [1989]

"Tomorrow's Crimes" [stories 1989] includes the novel "Anarchaos"

"Horse Laugh and Other Stories" [1991]

"Humans" [1992]

"Baby, Would I Lie?" [1994] featuring reporter Sara Joslyn

"The Donald Westlake Omnibus" [Allison & Busby Crime 1/1995]

"Smoke: The Disappearing Novel" [1995]
burglar Freddie Urban Noon suddenly invisible

"The Ax" [MystPress HB 97, pb 5/98] paper mill mgr becomes killer for hire

"A Good Story and Other Stories" [1999] by Donald E. Westlake

"The Hook" [2000] published in the UK as "Corkscrew"

"Put A Lid On It" [2002]

"Money For Nothing" [2003]

"Memory" [2010] written in 1960s, published posthumously

"The Comedy Is Finished" [2012] written in early 1980s, published posthumously

Meteor Strike Science Fiction ebook by Donald E. Westlake  "Meteor Strike: Science Fiction Triple Feature" [3 stories 2012]
three short stories by Donald E. Westlake: “Or Give Me Death” (his first sale, to Universe Science Fiction in 1952); “Call Him Nemesis” (first published in the September 1961 issue of World of If); and “Meteor Strike” (first published in the November 1961 issue of Amazing Stories)
Kindle Edition from Wonder eBooks [10/2012] for 99˘ {sic}

Dortmunder  Caper  Novel  Series

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Hot Rock" [1970]
"The Hot Rock" feature film [1972]: dir Peter Yates, scr Wm Goldman, cast Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand,
Zero Mostel, Moses Gunn, Wm Redfield, Charlotte Rae, Topo Swope

"Bank Shot" [1972]
"Bank Shot" feature film [1974]: dir Gower Champion, cast George C. Scott, Joanna Cassidy, Sorrell Booke, G. Wood, Clifton James, Bibi Osterwald

"Jimmy The Kid" [1974]
includes chapters from an otherwise non-existent novel by Richard Stark entitled "The Child Heist"

"Nobody’s Perfect" [HB 77, MystPress pb 7/89] asked by owner to steal painting, also to London & Scotland castle

"Why Me?" [1983]
"Why Me?" feature film [1990]) script co-written with Leonard Maas, Jr.

"Good Behavior" [1985]

"Drowned Hopes" [1990] crosses over with the 1992 Joe Gores novel "32 Cadillacs"

"Don't Ask" [1993]

"What's The Worst That Could Happen?" [1996]

"Bad News" [2001]

"The Road To Ruin" [2004]

"Thieves' Dozen" [stories 2004] a collection of ten Dortmunder short stories and one related story

"Watch Your Back!" [2005]

"What's So Funny?" [2007]

"Get Real" [2009]

writing  as  Richard Stark
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Parker  Novel  Series
University of Chicago Press '50 Years of Parker' re-issues website
Stark / Parker novels fansite

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Hunter" [1962] later published as "Point Blank" and as "Payback"
"Point Blank" feature film [1967] directed by John Boorman, starring Lee Marvin as 'Walker' /tt0062138/
"Payback" feature film [] starring Mel Gibson

"The Man With The Getaway Face" [1963] also published in the UK as "Steel Hit"

"The Outfit" [1963]

"The Mourner" [1963]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Score" [1963] also published in the U.K. as "Killtown"

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Jugger" [1965]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Made In U.S.A."
[France 1966; U.S.A. release Feb 2009]
poster for 2009 re-release of Godard's "Made In U.S.A" film from 1966  Godard's experimental {first?} color film is a mixture: a farewell to his actress ex-wife (Anna Karina), a leftist polemic, and a murder mystery. A widow chases down and kills the men she holds responsible for the murder of her husband. Written & directed by Jean-Luc Godard; loosely based on Donald E. Westlake's novel "The Jugger"; cinematography by Raoul Coutard; starring Anna Karina, Jean-Pierre Léaud, László Szabó, singer Marianne Faithfull, Yves Afonso
Criterion Collection subtitled widescreen color DVD [7/2009] for $24.57
full credits from IMDbRialto's movie site
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Seventh" [1966] later published as "The Split"

"The Handle" [1966] also published in the U.K. as "Run Lethal"

"The Rare Coin Score" [1967]

"The Green Eagle Score" [1967]

"The Black Ice Score" [1968]

"The Sour Lemon Score" [1969]

"Deadly Edge" [1971]

"Slayground" [1971]

"Plunder Squad" [1972] crosses over with the 1972 Joe Gores novel "Dead Skip"

"Butcher's Moon" [1974]

"Comeback" [1997]

"Backflash" [1998]

"Flashfire" [2000]
"Parker" feature film [2013] based on novel "Flashfire" /tt1904996/

"Firebreak" [2001]

"Breakout" [2002]

"Nobody Runs Forever" [2004]

"Ask The Parrot" [2006]

"Dirty Money" [2008]

"The Parker Omnibus, Volume 1" [1997]
published in UK, containing "The Man With The Getaway Face", "The Outfit", and "The Deadly Edge"

"The Parker Omnibus, Volume 2" [1999]
published in UK, containing "The Split" (alternate name for 'The Seventh'), "The Score", and "The Handle"

Grofield  Novel  Series

"The Damsel" [1967]
"The Dame" [1969]
"The Blackbird" [1969]
"Lemons Never Lie" [1971]

Parker  Graphic  Novels

"Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter" [7/2008] Drawn by Darwyn Cooke /1600104932/

"Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit" [2010] Drawn by Darwyn Cooke /1600107621/

"Richard Stark's Parker: The Martini Edition" [12/2011] Drawn by Darwyn Cooke - contains "The Hunter" and "The Outfit"

"Richard Stark's Parker: The Score" [7/2012] Drawn by Darwyn Cooke /1613772084/

writing  as  Allan Marshall

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"All My Lovers" [1959]

"Backstage Love" [1959] also published as "Apprentice Virgin"

"Man Hungry" [1959]

"Sally" [1959]

"All About Annette" [1960]

"All The Girls Were Willing" [1960] later printed as "What Girls Will Do"

"A Girl Called Honey" [1960] by Alan Marshall & Sheldon Lord {Lawrence Block}

"So Willing" [1960] by Alan Marshall & Sheldon Lord {Lawrence Block}

"Virgin's Summer" [1960]

"The Wife Next Door" [1960]

"Call Me Sinner" [1961]

"Sin Resort" [1961] as pseudonym of Nedra Westlake

"Passion's Plaything" [1961]

"Off Limits" [1961]

"Sin Prowl" [1963]

"Flesh Nest" [1964]

"Lust Cure" [1965]

"Flesh of Clay" [1967 pb]

"Hot Lolly" [1967]

"Passion's Price Tag" [1968]

"Motel Girl" [1972]

"Unbridled Desires" [Late Night Library, 1975]

Hellcats and Honeygirls 2010 omnibus book by Lawrence Block & Donald E. Westlake  
"Hellcats and Honeygirls" [2010 omnibus] by Lawrence Block & Donald E. Westlake
three novels: "A Girl Called Honey" [1960], "So Willing" [1960], and "Sin Hellcat" [1962] originally published under pseudonyms Sheldon Lord & Alan Marshall
Subterranean Press 9x6¼ hardcover [2010] out of print/used

writing  as  Tucker Coe
"Kinds of Love, Kinds of Death" [1966] Mitchell Tobin
"Murder Among Children" [1967] Mitchell Tobin
"Wax Apple" [1970] Mitchell Tobin
"A Jade in Aries" [1970] Mitchell Tobin
"Don't Lie To Me" [1972] Mitchell Tobin
"All The Gods of Eisernon" [Avon Books #15339 1973]

writing  as  Edwin West
"Brother and Sister" [1961]
"Campus Doll" [1961]
"Young and Innocent" [1961]
"Strange Affair" [1962]
"Campus Lovers" [1963]

writing  as  Samuel Holt
"One Of Us Is Wrong" [1986]
"I Know A Trick Worth Two of That" [1986]
"What I Tell You Three Times Is False" [1987]
"The Fourth Dimension Is Death" [1989]

Other  Pseudonyms

"Sin Hellcat" [1962] writing as Andrew Shaw, with Lawrence Block

"Anarchaos" [1967] writing as Curt Clark

"Comfort Station" [1970] writing as J. Morgan Cunningham

"Ex Officio" [1970] writing as Timothy J. Culver, also published under the title "Power Play"

"The Scared Stiff" [2002] writing as Judson Jack Carmichael (publ'd in UK as by Westlake)

Other Works by Donald E. Westlake
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★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Elizabeth Taylor: A Fascinating Story of America's Most Talented Actress and
The World's Most Beautiful Woman" [1961] as 'John B. Allan'

Once Against The Law  "Once Against The Law" [22 stories 1968] Edited by William Tenn & Donald E. Westlake
22 short stories of mystery & suspense by authors Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Browning, Joyce Cary, Geoffrey Chaucer ("The Pardoner's Tale"), Robert M. Coates, Stephen Crane, Honoré de Balzac ("The Succubus"), Charles Dickens ("The Flight of Sikes"), James T. Farrell, W.S. Gilbert, Herbert Gold, Rudyard Kipling ("The Return of Imray"), Sinclair Lewis, Albert Maltz, Alberto Moravia, Ogden Nash, Luigi Pirandello, Sir Walter Scott ("The Two Drovers"), John Steinbeck ("How Mr. Hogan Robbed A Bank"), Leo Tolstoy, Peter Ustinov, and Oscar Wilde ("The Ballad of Reading Gaol")
Macmillan 8½x6 hardcover [1968] out of print/used

"Under An English Heaven: True Story of Anguilla" [2/1973] by Donald E. Westlake

"Transylvania Station" [1988] by Donald & Abby Westlake, Introduction by Stephen King

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Perfect Murder  "The Perfect Murder: Five Great Mystery Writers Create The Perfect Crime" [1991]
Edited by Jack Hitt

The set-up is that a man's rich wife plans to disinherit him, she is having an affair with his best friend, so he wants to commit the perfect murder and blame the lover for her death. He writes to five top mystery novelists – Lawrence Block, Sarah Caudwell, Tony Hillerman, Peter Lovesey, and Donald E. Westlake – and asks for advice in committing such a crime . . .
HarperCollins mass pb [8/92] out of print/used
HarperCollins hardcover [7/91] out of print/many used
Seuil French-language edition pb [3/99] out of print/used
Murderous Schemes anthology edited by Donald E. Westlake  "Murderous Schemes: An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories" [1996]
Edited by Donald E. Westlake, with J. Madison Davis

"In association with the Intl. Assn. of Crime Writers"; 32 stories by Christianna Brand, Lawrence Block, Simon Brett, John Dickson Carr, Raymond Chandler ("I'll Be Waiting"), G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie ("The Blue Geranium"), Roald Dahl, Isak Dinesen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stanley Ellin, Anna Katherine Green, Dashiell Hammett, Chester Himes, Shirley Jackson, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Jack London, Peter Lovesey, Edgar Allan Poe, Ellery Queen, Damon Runyon, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rex Stout, editor Westlake, and others
Oxford Univ Press 8½x5¾ pb [1/98] for $29.99
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [10/96] for $74.00

"Just One of Those Days" audio tape [4 stories Dec 1996] read by George S. Irving "The Spy In The Elevator" audio tape [3 stories May 1997] read by Theodore Bikel

Best American Mystery Stories 2000  
"The Best American Mystery Stories, 2000"
Edited by Donald E. Westlake & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [10/2000] for $10.40
Houghton Mifflin 8¾x6½ hardcover [10/2000] for $27.50
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany" [Univ Chicago Press 9/2014] Edited by Levi Stahl  9/2014

"A Girl Named Banana" screenplay [1979] by Donald E. Westlake & Joan Rivers

"Supertrain" TV series [NBC-TV Feb-May 1979]
'Supertrain' 1979 TV series   Color TV series of 2-hour pilot & eight hour-long episodes: "The adventures of a nation-spanning train and its passengers"; consensus of reviewers is 'great train, lousy stories'; starring Edward Andrews, Harrison Page, Robert Alda, Patrick Collins, Nita Talbot, Aarika Wells, Bill Nuckols, Michael Delano, Charlie Brill
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia'Supertrain' fansite
Two-hour pilot co-written by Donald E. Westlake & Earl W. Wallace, both credited as 'series creators' [Feb 1979]
Directed by Dan Curtis; episode stars include George Hamilton, Stella Stevens, Steve Lawrence, Don Stroud, Keenan Wynn, Vicki Lawrence, Parley Baer, Fred Williamson
actual pilot telescript [1979] for $300.00 at Amazon (2/2013)
pilot episode credits at IMDb
"Express To Terror" video release [1988] version of the 120-minute pilot edited down to 96 minutes
Prism Ent. color VHS [1988] out of prodn/rare (overpriced)
Star Classics color VHS [1988] out of prodn/used
no specific/separate credits at IMDb

"Hot Stuff" [1979] script co-written with Michael Kane /tt0079308/

"The Stepfather" (1987) screenplay by DEW /tt0094035/
"Stepfather II" sequel [1989] /tt0098385/ based on prior movie
"Stepfather III" sequel [1992] /tt0105470/
"The Stepfather" remake [2009] /tt0814335/ got generally negative reviews +

"The Grifters" (1990) screenplay by DEW /tt0099703/
based on 1963 novel by Jim Thompson [1906-77]
won an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture for "The Grifters" [1990], plus nominated for Best Screenplay by AMPAS & WGA

"The Hardboiled Mystery" [ABC-TV March 1991] episode of "Father Dowling Mysteries" /tt0578382/
DEW acted part of Rich Vincent

"Numéros de Série" TV documentary (France Sept 1995] /tt2023626/

"Fly Paper" [Showtime Oct 1995] /tt0576489/
An episode of anthology series "Fallen Angels" originally broadcast on Showtime; screenplay by Donald Westlake,
based on the 1929 short story by Dashiell Hammett; starring Christopher Lloyd as the 'Continental Op'

"A Slight Case of Murder" [T.N.T. 1999]
DEW won shared Edgar Award for Best TV Movie

"Ripley Under Ground" (2005) script co-written with William Blake Herron

Works  About  Donald E. Westlake

"The Hunter: A Conversation With Author Donald E. Westlake" 11-minute short [CD 2007] /tt1029425/

"Donald Westlake Memorium" video [3:43] by Paul Westlake on YouTube

Friends  &  Family
Donald Edwin Edmund Westlake was born in Brooklyn in 1933 & raised in Albany; he died December 2008 (age 75) on vacation in Mexico.

sister Virginia Olga Westlake B-- []

first wife Nedra Henderson Westlake [] (divorced)

second wife Sandra Foley Westlake [] (divorced)

third wife Abigail Adams Westlake [], widowed 12/2008
four children together? three prior?

L i n k s
official Donald Westlake website
Donald E. Westlake entry at Wikipedia
Donald E. Westlake [since 1962] credits at Internet Movie Database

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