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 [...]
NB: A version of this post also appears on Existential Ennui.
Over on Existential Ennui, I’ve been blogging on and off for a while now about some of the signed editions I’ve acquired over the past however many months. Few of the books I’ve showcased thus far have been a good [...]
Here’s a nice two-minute promo for Donald Westlake’s e-books from Open Road/Mysterious Press, featuring Otto Penzler, Brian Garfield, Lawrence Block, and William Link (Columbo and Murder, She Wrote) speaking Westlake’s praises.
“Meet Donald Westlake”
Open Road has released thirteen Donald Westlake titles to date, including three rare sleaze titles co-authored with [...]
So this girl walks into a bar…
When she walks out there’s a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better.
She cleans out his wallet and keeps moving, taking a new name for each change of [...]
I’m going to quote quite liberally from this post at Lawrence Block’s new blog. Fortunately he did me the courtesy of creating a nice, long piece, so my significant chunk of borrowed words should fall under fair use. Thanks, Mr. Block!
It wasn’t my idea.
The premise of Deadly [...]
Today, Mulholland Books posted Lawrence Block’s foreword to the University of Chicago Press edition of Butcher’s Moon. This means that all three of Block’s forewords, which form a trilogy of sorts, are now available for reading online.
The foreword to Butcher’s Moon, titled to make it more article-like “Canarsie and Westlake, [...]
I know some people skip introductions, forewords, afterwords, &c. Not me. I love ‘em. There are several posted on this site, and every single one of them is interesting.
Of course, on this site I can only post forewords and so on from out-of-print editions, usually long-out-of-print editions, and even then I’m walking a fine line. (I’ve gotten permission for some, and I’m happy to report that to date no one’s complained about the others.) I’ve never printed a foreword from an in-print edition until now.
Fortunately, the University of Chicago Press and Lawrence Block have been kind enough to grant me permission to post Mr. Block’s foreword to Backflash, one of three he wrote for the latest batch of Parker reprints. If you haven’t picked up one of U of C’s reprints yet, the material below the fold will give you a good idea of what you’re missing. Enjoy.
Continue reading Lawrence Block’s introduction to U of C Press’ Backflash
In the Midst of Death is the second in Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder series.
The good: We spend more time with Matthew Scudder, and learn more about Matthew Scudder. We learn more about his relationship with his former police department. We see that his alcoholism has advanced beyond the functional level it was [...]
Note: New content will be light to non-existent for the next week or two, as I travel to celebrate a belated Christmas and an on-time New Year with my family back home.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this (very) hurriedly-written summary of 2010.
I hope that your holidays have been and will [...]
The victim was a savagely butchered young Greenwich Village hooker. The accused killer was the homosexual youth who was her roommate. When the suspect hanged himself in his cell everybody was happy.
…except Matt Scudder. Scudder was being paid to find out the truth about [...]