Mark Finn at The Cimmerian: Rest in Peace, Donald Westlake

sidebar_blood_thunderI want to highlight this obituary by Mark Finn, because he was the gentleman who introduced me to Parker, Stark, and Westlake in the first place.  Also, because it’s very good.

The thing that I most admired about Westlake was his ability to plot, and plot deftly, without ever a false note or leg pulling. Everything happens in a Westlake novel just so, and you can’t imagine it going down any other way (except maybe in the minds of the characters). I never knew how any Westlake novel was going to turn out. Ever. You can’t see ‘em coming. He was so good at throwing curveballs, you never knew when one of them was going to brush you back from the plate.

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