Westlake Score: Two Much!

NB: A version of this post also appears at Existential Ennui.

My (cross-)posting of this particular Westlake Score was prompted by a newspaper article I noticed last month. I actually bought the book in question—the British first edition of Donald E. Westlake’s Two Much!, published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton [...]

Westlake Score: A New York Dance

NB: a version of this post also appears at Existential Ennui.

It’s been a little quiet here at The Violent World of Parker blog of late, at least half of the blame for which rests with me: I am, after all, supposed to be (esteemed) co-blogger over here. Fortunately I have [...]

Darwyn Cooke to illustrate Parker prose novels

I don’t have much to add to this press release by IDW Publishing, except for awesome!

Darwyn Cooke To Illustrate Parker Prose Novels At IDW Sunday, Oct 13th, 2013 Donald E. Westlake’s Classic Stories Accompanied By Gorgeous Paintings By Cooke

San Diego, CA (October 13, 2013) – IDW Publishing announced this morning its [...]

Special VWOP feature: American Detective Fiction: The Translations Were Too Short

Hey, folks! This is something I’m really excited to present.

The French Série noire translations of American crime fiction novels, along with American film noir, were hugely influential on French New Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville. (The shot above this post is from (sort-of) Parker adaptation Made in U.S.A. [...]

Press release for the graphic novel adaptation of The Hot Rock

Here’s another filler post! Hey, at least it’s a post. I’m hoping to have something really special next week if I have time on Monday evening to get it edited and formatted, but this bit of ephemera will have to do in the meantime.

This is the press release for the graphic novel [...]

Trying-to-get-my-act-together filler post

As I try to get back into the groove of regular reading, writing, and posting following one of the most eventful six months or so of my life, I’m grateful for diversions like this, from reader Michael C, that give me both a chuckle and an easy post:

I thought that [...]

Let’s do this! Help requested for Donald Westlake nonfiction collection.

Go here.

From Levi Stahl, Our Man at the University of Chicago Press:

…I’ve just signed a contract with the University of Chicago Press (my employer when I’m wearing my publicist’s hat) to edit a volume of Donald Westlake’s nonfiction–a celebratory miscellany, sort of like the wonderful Charles Portis volume that [...]

Fourth (fourteenth?) anniversary

Lots of stuff going on in my so-called “real life” at the moment, so this post is late and a bit more perfunctory than last year’s. But I did want to mark the anniversary, even if it is late.

As I’ve mentioned before, I think of the real anniversary of the current VWOP [...]

Some thoughts on panning Parker, and thanks to Paul Westlake

While I’m sure there are some critics who do enjoy it, I really hate writing negative reviews.

I’m always aware that even if the book, movie, or album didn’t quite work for me, it represents hundreds if not thousands of hours of hard work for someone, and I don’t think very many people [...]

Fantastic article at Grantland: The Many Lives of Donald Westlake

Bookmark this one: “The Many Lives of Donald Westlake: On the man who created Parker and the quest for the perfect character,” by Michael Weinreb.

I was interviewed for the piece, but that’s not why I’m giving it its own post. (I’m barely quoted, which is fine by me as I’m not a [...]