100 beautiful British dust jackets

Nearly seven months ago now, I created a new permanent page over on Existential Ennui (my personal books blog, as if you didn’t know), dedicated to the finest examples of British dust jacket design—or rather, my idea of the finest examples, taken from my own collection of books, and including a […]

Parker, Reacher, Hammer: Macho series characters suddenly hot

Jack Reacher poster

Hollywood gets on kicks all the time. In 1997, we had the Year of the Volcano (Volcano, Dante’s Peak), followed in 1998 by the Year of the Meteor (Armageddon, Deep Impact), which was also the Year of the Animated Insect (A Bug’s Life, Antz) on the Chinese movie calendar.

It looks like 2013 will […]

Nailing down the Westlake sleaze catalog, part III: The Monarch books

Young and Innocent by Edwin West

Unlike a chunk of the books in the previous posts in this series, the authorship of the books written by Donald Westlake and published by Monarch Books were never much in question. The “E” in Donald E. Westlake stands for “Edwin,” so it didn’t take a master sleuth to figure out Donald Edwin […]

London Paperback & Pulp Bookfair 2012

Since Trent’s currently in the process of confirming, cataloging, and showcasing every single sleaze paperback Donald E. Westlake ever wrote (under various pseudonyms), I thought I’d take the opportunity to draw the attention of British VWoP readers (and any vacationing Americans) to a forthcoming event where there’s guaranteed to be a […]

Nailing down the Westlake sleaze catalog, part II: The Midwood books (part II)

Wife Next Door by Alan Marshall

The first post in this series included the series introduction and covered the first five sleaze novels that Donald Westlake wrote for Midwood Books. This post will cover the second and final five.

Here is some backstory on Midwood from Lynn Munroe:

Harry Shorten came from the Midwood section of Brooklyn […]

News for week ending 2012-10-07 (open thread)

Ex-LA Times Magazine folks trying to start a noir mag for tablets. LATM's crime issues were superb. Hope this happens: http://t.co/LETmuSlp # The Comics Reporter reviews Darwyn Cooke's adaptation of The Score: http://t.co/0Ds3LZ5t # Charles Ardai interviewed about the lost James M. Cain novel, The Cocktail Waitress: http://t.co/YGn3ZkjG # Michael Silverblatt interviews Donald […]

A letter from producer Les Alexander about the Parker movie

J-Lo and Statham

Les Alexander was Donald Westlake’s friend for 35 years and is a producer on the Parker film. He sent this e-mail to reader Dave, who posted it to the comments. Dave and I both thought it was worth a post of its it own.

Les has been kind enough to engage us hardcore […]

Parker movie tie-in book cover revealed

Flashfire2013

Here is the cover for the University of Chicago Press’ upcoming reprint of Flashfire to coincide with the film based on it. I like that they kept it simple, and I’m thrilled that they put the original title on the cover.

I think I wrote in a previous post or comment that this […]

Parker movie trailer revealed

Well, folks, here it is. A lot of you are going to be disappointed.

Not because the film looks bad. It looks like a fun action flick. But they couldn’t resist softening up the character a little bit. So yes, that awful bit about “don’t steal from people who can’t afford it,” that […]

Nailing down the Westlake sleaze catalog, part I: The Midwood books (part I)

All my Lovers by Alan Marshall

After promising a hiatus, I’m coming back with a bonanza. Here begins a several-part series. Just the way things work sometimes.

I’ve been sitting on a goldmine of information about Donald Westlake’s early sleaze novels, lots of it put together by paperback historian Lynn Munroe, for a couple of years now. I had […]