News for week ending 2010-04-24

Interesting update to last post about unpublished Westlake: http://violentworldofparker.com/?p=2927 #

This is (almost) it.

Hard Case Crime impresario Charles Ardai drops some knowledge at Rara-Avis.

> Oh, one other question: I guess this means there were no > just-finished works left behind when [Donald Westlake] died?

No, no just-finished works. At the end of his life, Don was publishing his books as quickly […]

News for week ending 2010-04-17

Hellcats and Honeygirls, a collection of 3 early adult novels by Westlake and Lawrence Block, is available for preorder http://bit.ly/bWHZ9X # Mysterious Bookshop announces a 200 copy hardcover printing of Memory, priced at $29.95. http://bit.ly/b3pXpb # Darwyn Cooke's The Hunter is now available for iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/1171/ […]

Westlake sleaze reprint carnival!

Wonder Publishing Group has just released Donald Westlake’s 1961 sleaze novel, Campus Doll, as an eBook. It is available for Kindle from Amazon and some other formats from Barnes & Nobles’ Fictionwise. As a bonus, it’s cheap, listed at $5.99.

While it’s always great news when rare Westlake becomes available, I can’t help but be a little disappointed in the announcement. I wish there was a print-on-demand option for those of us not yet enamored with reading full-length novels on a computer screen or who can’t afford a Kindle or an iPad. But with something like Campus Doll, we’re lucky to have it at all and I feel a bit churlish for complaining.

For we who are behind the times, Subterranean Press has announced an October publication date for an omnibus of three early sleazy collaborations between Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake (writing as Sheldon Lord and Alan Marshall, respectively). Titled Hellcats and Honeygirls, it will contain A Girl Called Honey, So Willing, and Sin Hellcat (AKA A Piece of the Action) as well as a new introduction by Block. It retails for $30, and can be pre-ordered here.

I don’t believe cover art for Hellcats and Honeygirls is online yet, but it will be by Glen Orbik, who has done some memorable work for Hard Case Crime.

Vintage cover art below the fold.

Continue reading Westlake sleaze reprint carnival!

Back cover: Darwyn Cooke’s The Man With the Getaway Face

I believe this is also the debut of the cover art for The Outfit.

Review: Dead Skip by Joe Gores

I’ve just added coverage of Joe Gores’ Dead Skip to the Not Quite Parker – Print page. Here’s what I wrote.

“I’ve never met a real detective before,” she said, “but I love Agatha Christie…”

Ballard, who only read Richard Stark, said he was looking for a Mr. Charles M. Griffin.

Dead Skip […]

Thanks, James!

Fellow Parker fan James picked this up for me at WonderCon a few days ago. Pretty great!

The Violent World of Parker gets a hat tip in the introduction! Thanks, Darwyn!

The Man With the Getaway Face will be available at comic shops in July.

I’ll have the back cover for you later […]

News for week ending 2010-04-10

Existential Ennui on “The Stark Cutaway”: http://existentialennui.blogspot.com/2010/04/stark-cutaway.html # Darwyn Cooke discusses his Parker series at WorldCon: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=25557 # Ed Champion reviews Memory at the Philadelphia Inqurer: http://bit.ly/azrcNZ # April’s LA Times Magazine is devoted to noir. http://www.latimesmagazine.com/issue-archive/#April-2010 # New anthology Cthulhu’s Reign features Gregory Frost’s “The Seals of New R’lyeh,” described as a […]

Lineup changes to Darwyn Cooke's Parker series

[Darwyn Cooke] explains that while the original plan was to adapt the first four books, he found himself hungry to adapt two later books in the series, volumes that would “lend themselves to graphic adaptation in unique and exciting ways.” He decided to cut “The Mourner,” which he describes […]

News for week ending 2010-04-03

Yingle Yangle–Anatomy of a Sentence: The Hunter http://yingleyangle.blogspot.com/2010/03/anatomy-of-sentence-hunter.html # Levi Stahl of the University of Chicago Press interviews Charles Ardai of Hard Case Crime about Donald Westlake: http://bit.ly/aGkUPk # Jay Potts at World of Hurt reviews The Split. He likes it more than I do.: http://worldofhurtonline.com/2010/04/02/review-the-split/ […]