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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Parker Progress Report: Flashfire (2000)

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

With Backflash (1998), the second entry in the second run of Donald E. “Richard Stark” Westlake’s Parker novels, Westlake was firmly back in the Parker groove. It was a classic Parker heist tale: an intriguing target (a casino riverboat); a [...]

Parker Progress Report: Backflash (1998)

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

In the previous Parker Progress Report, I took a look at the seventeenth Parker, Comeback (1997), originally published twenty-three years after the sixteenth Parker, Butcher’s Moon (1974). Luckily, Parker fans didn’t have quite so long to wait for the next [...]

Parker Progress Report: Comeback (1997)

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

Crikey: would you believe it’s been over a year since I last posted a Parker Progress Report? Long enough that I expect most of you have probably forgotten what they are. To recap then: since 2010 I’ve been blogging my [...]

Westlake Score: The Green Eagle Score

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

Over on Existential Ennui, I’ve recently begun a run of posts on paperbacks; should you be interested, over the coming weeks I’ll be showcasing and reviewing softcovers by the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Richard Matheson, and Elmore Leonard; published by [...]

The Nolan series by Max Allan Collins, part I–Not Quite Parker review and guest post

Nolan I

One thing I haven’t done a terribly good job of is covering the various Parker pastiches, homages, tributes, and rip-offs. (I’ll try to do better, I swear!) Fortunately, in the case of Max Allan Collins’ Nolan novels, someone has stepped up to the plate to provide the coverage that I haven’t. That person [...]

Westlake Score: The Sour Lemon Score (Gold Lion, 1973)

NB: A Version of this post also appears on Existential Ennui.

For the final Westlake Score from the 2012 London Paperback & Pulp Bookfair—although not, it almost (but not quite) goes without saying, and doubtless to the immense regret of all concerned, the final Westlake Score overall—here’s a book which I [...]

Westlake Score: The Score by Richard Stark (Pocket Books)

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

Let’s return to the books I bought at the recent London Paperback & Pulp Bookfair, the majority of which were decidedly Donald E. Westlake-shaped—the above one being a case in point. It’s a US first edition/first printing of The Score, [...]