NB: A version of this post also appears on Existential Ennui.
Later in the week I’ll have another Westlake Score-and-review for you, this one even more exciting than last week’s (well, to me, anyway). But before we get to that, and since I’ve been blogging about signed editions over on Existential Ennui, here’s a quick plug for a friend of mine’s in-progress eBay auction. The book under the hammer isn’t, as editions go, especially notable: a 2001 Allison & Busby paperback of Point Blank (originally titled The Hunter) by Richard Stark, alias, of course, Donald E. Westlake. But what’s remarkable about this particular copy are the signatures within:
It bears the John Hancocks of both Westlake and the director of the Lee Marvin-starring movie adaptation of Point Blank, John Boorman, making it, to my knowledge, the only item—book or otherwise—currently for sale online bearing both their signatures.
You can read how my friend came into possession of the book on his excellent blog, The Accidental Bookshop—and no, before you ask, I don’t have any kind of stake in the eBay auction; I’d be bidding myself if I didn’t already own far too many signed Westlake novels. (I will, however, be eBaying some of my books—Westlake and non-Westlake—down the line sometime, at which point I will be plugging the living bejeezus out of the buggers.) And I’ll be back in a bit with that Westlake Score-and-review…