News for week ending 2010-07-31

NYT’s David Kehr takes a quick look at two new DVD box sets of noir films: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/movies/homevideo/18kehr.html # Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: The Hunter snags the Eisner Award for best adapted work. http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.php # Upcoming anthology Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop will feature the Dortmunder story, “Give Till it Hurts.” http://bit.ly/dofu49 # Rest in [...]

Meet the mourners

(I am indebted to Book Glutton, who is responsible for much of the research in this post.)

[Parker] motioned them in. Bett came in first, and her father followed, clutching the book protectively to his chest. It was a large, slender book with a red binding and a picture [...]

The Mourner page rewritten

I have expanded and almost completely rewritten the page on The Mourner. To celebrate, here’s this Finnish cover of The Mourner from 1984. According to Google Translate, the title means “Avenger,” the blurb is “Underworld lone wolf is back!,” and the banner is likely something to do with violence. As always, translation help [...]

Cover art score: Young and Innocent

Ask and ye shall receive! Here is the full cover art for the second edition of Donald Westlake’s pseudonymous Young and Innocent, which is likely exactly the same as the first edition’s.

Many thanks to reader Seth for the great images.

Young and Innocent is available on eBook from [...]

More Westlake sleaze: Young and Innocent

Fictionwise has just released its second Donald Westlake sleaze novel on e-book, and at a bargain price–1961′s Young and Innocent, written as Edwin West.

Let’s just hope the e-book is copyedited better than the description at the website:

Anita–an innocent, unawakened girl caught up in New Your’s smart publishing set ? Lavinia–her older [...]

Relic of a lost era

I found this bookmark in an old paperback I grabbed off my bookshelf a couple of days ago.

When I moved to Austin in 1996, there were three bookstores where a lover of crime fiction could achieve Nirvana–Austin Books, Adventures in Crime and Space, and Mysteries & More. And then time passed.

Mark [...]

Site addition: Westlake bibliography

Finally got around to it!

I’m pleased to announce the addition of a Donald Westlake bibliography to The Violent World of Parker. It’s accessible from the tab at the top.

I’ve written some comments on the page regarding what’s there, what’s missing, and where I [...]

A third film version of Jimmy the Kid?

In the early days of this site (2000), I had a couple of brief exchanges with Donald Westlake. One of them went like this (excerpted from longer e-mails):

DEW: What do you mean, two movies of JIMMY THE KID? If I knew how to ubderline [sic] on this despicable machine, I would underline ‘two’. Pretend I did.

TAR: According to the Internet Movie Database, there is the Gary Coleman version and a 1999 German version.  If their information is up-to-date, it hasn’t gone into general release yet, it’s just doing the film festival circuit. I managed to find some stills from it somewhere–they are on my site if you dig deep enough. Does this mean they didn’t pay you?

DEW: Yes! They paid me in 96, and I haven’t thought a thing about it since. I’ll look for the stills.

Knowing that Mr. Westlake thought the German version was the second one, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered yesterday that there appears to be a third film version of Jimmy the Kid, which would actually be the first adaptation. It was a 1976 Italian take.

I can understand that by 1996, with dozens of titles under his belt, Westlake was far beyond caring about the details of selling film rights for one book or another. But did he forget about a film made from one of his books in 1976, only sixteen years after his first success? I find that hard to believe. My guess is he didn’t know this film was made. I would also venture a guess that he didn’t get paid for it.

I stumbled across the existence of Come ti rapisco il pupo while looking up Dortmunder in Wikipedia. That might not sound like great detective work, but no one has mentioned this to me in the eleven years that this site has existed in one form or another. A Google search yields Wikipedia, IMDB, and nothing else in English. The IMDB entry is scant–it credits Westlake but makes no reference to the work the film is based on. Is it Jimmy the Kid? Despite the poster looking more like a Tatum O’Neal flick than a comic crime caper, I think it is.

My investigation revealed that the movie happens to share a title with the Italian translation of Jimmy the Kid. (Judging by this cover art, Italians think Dortmunder is a total badass.)

I also tracked down some stills, which are below the fold. They also fit the profile.

I think we have a match.

If anyone can get me a copy of Come ti rapisco il pupo in any format, I may be able to (legally) get us an English-subtitled version. Let me know.

(And if anyone can translate the title Come ti rapisco il pupo for me, please do. The Internet translators ain’t cuttin’ it.)

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News for week ending 2010-07-24

NPR is hosting online voting for the 100 best thrillers, and Slayground is a nominee: http://n.pr/9FbHwZ # Abigail Westlake is “a very good landlady”: http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/stories/?id=1978 # The Mighty Blowhole–A Guide to Hard Case Crime, Vol. 1: http://mightyblowhole.blogspot.com/2010/07/guide-to-hard-case-crime-vol-1.html # Belated birthday greetings (on my part) to Donald Westlake: http://cognitive-diss.blogspot.com/2010/07/dads-birthday.html # We Are Scientists’ Keith [...]

Cover art score: Sin Hellcat by Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake

When I was doing my initial writeup on Subterranean Press’ upcoming omnibus volume of three vintage Lawrence Block/Donald Westlake sleaze novels, Hellcats and Honeygirls, I found the original covers for two of the included books, A Girl Called Honey and So Willing. I wasn’t able to find the original cover art for the [...]