logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Mystery Books Site

BellaOnline's Mystery Books Editor

g

Donald E. Westlake


Donald Westlake was a prolific American author who gained a large and loyal following through six decades of nonstop writing. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 12, 1933. After a stint in the Air Force, he worked for a literary agency in New York City, and started his writing career.

Toward the beginning of his career, he wrote about organized crime with an insiders view. During the late fifties and early sixties when writers were paid a penny a word for pulp fiction, he soon added children’s tales, hard-boiled crime, and science fiction to keep his family fed.

By the early sixties, he had established the one-name character of Parker under the pen name Richard Stark. Westlake wrote twenty Parker novels between 1962 and 1974; then Stark went silent until 1997. Among his most famous pseudonyms were Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, Samuel Holt, and Edwin West. Parker and John Archibald Dortmunder were among his best-known characters. His last Dortmunder novel, Get Real, was scheduled for release in April 2009

Westlake explained the reason he had so many pseudonyms was neither earlier publishers nor the reading public could keep up with the output he generated. Short story magazines would only publish one byline per issue, thus pseudonyms gave him a way of having two different story lines with different characters in the same edition.

Although many of his early novels were humorless, he later became known for his comic mysteries and offbeat characters. It was said he created his own niche in writing comedic slapstick and one-liners within the backdrop of crime. Most of his novels were based in New York City.

The award winning Westlake received three Edgar Awards in three different categories, the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award in 1993, and his screenplay for The Grifters (1990) was nominated for an Academy Award.

Several of his books became motion pictures including Point Blank (1967) with Lee Marvin, the Hot Rock (1972) with Robert Redford, The Outfit (1973) with Robert Duvall, and Bank Shot (1974) with George C. Scott.

Known to write between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., he usually typed around 7,000 words a night. He loved being alone in his small room in the middle of the night with just his typewriter and his stories.

Donald E. Westlake died New Year’s Eve, 2008, while vacationing in Mexico.


Buy Somebody Owes Me Money from Amazon.com
Add Donald+E%2E+Westlake to Twitter Add Donald+E%2E+Westlake to Facebook Add Donald+E%2E+Westlake to MySpace Add Donald+E%2E+Westlake to Del.icio.us Digg Donald+E%2E+Westlake Add Donald+E%2E+Westlake to Yahoo My Web Add Donald+E%2E+Westlake to Google Bookmarks Add Donald+E%2E+Westlake to Stumbleupon Add Donald+E%2E+Westlake to Reddit



 



Tony Hillerman
Virginia Rich
Agatha Christie
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Mystery Books Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Edie Dykeman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Edie Dykeman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Edie Dykeman for details.

g


g features
A Wedding and a Killing Review

Miss Julia to the Rescue Review

Blind Moon Alley Review

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor