Westlake Score: God Save the Mark

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

Well, I reckon it’s about bleedin’ time I pulled me bleedin’ finger out and posted something at The Violent World of Parker, yeah? I mean, it’s not like I’ve exactly been prolific on Existential Ennui of late, but over here I haven’t posted […]

Open thread – video file help needed & John Wick edition

Not much news since the last of these–maybe stuff is out there, but I haven’t had a chance to look for it. A huge work project, football season, and lots of great concerts coming through Austin have kept me busy.

I need some help from someone who knows stuff about video files. I don’t know […]

News roundup for 2014-10-11 (open thread–The Equalizer and Gone Girl edition)

As with the last one of these I posted asking for opinions of A Walk Among the Tombstones, this time I’m interested in your opinions of a couple of other recent crime flicks, The Equalizer and Gone Girl. The next few weeks are going to be busy for me, so I’m not sure I’ll get a chance […]

News roundup for 2014-09-20 (open thread–A Walk Among the Tombstones edition)

It’s been a couple of months since I did one of these, so let’s chat a little.

I am particularly interested in the opinion of anyone who has seen A Walk Among the Tombstones based on the novel by friend of Donald Westlake (and occasionally the VWOP!) Lawrence Block. I’m booked solid this weekend but […]

The Donald Westlake/Joan Rivers connection

Here’s an interesting story I discovered amongst the stacks of articles marking the passing of Joan Rivers.

It’s told by Roger L. Simon, novelist and screenwriter. Simon is best known as a novelist for his series of Moses Wine detective novels (which, I’m ashamed to say, have never made it off my TBR pile […]

Remo Williams’ adventure begins again–the Destroyer returning to film

As regular readers know, one of my favorite series of paperback originals is the Destroyer, created by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. They made a movie version once, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, but it wasn’t a big enough hit to get a sequel, even though everyone who lived through the ’80s seems to […]

News for week ending 2014-07-20 (open thread)

A new Parker blog, That Bastard Parker, just getting off the ground. Read along to The Hunter!: http://bastardparker.wordpress.com/  John Nolte at Big Hollywood–Parker pastiche The Limey better than Bronson’s Death Wish. I agree: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/07/16/soderberghs-limey-better-than-death-wish-bronson …

Added to the cover gallery: The Black Ice Score, 1972 Coronet edition

I’ve occasionally been awful about posting covers that readers have sent me.

OK, I’ve been worse than awful. This one is from four years ago from longtime reader Matthew A., just stumbled across in my inbox.

But it’s here now, and added to the cover gallery for The Black Ice Score.

The real treat here […]

New York Crimes

I look rather the dork in this photo–we don’t have the professional pictures back yet, so we are having to suffice with whatever guests took on their camera phones–but no matter how well I photographed, I was never going to shine in comparison, was I?

After the craziest year and half of my life, which […]

Hello! How are you?

Dear readers:

Apologies for the lack of content lately. Nick has chimed in on occasion, for which I’m very grateful, but I haven’t done a damn thing in a couple of months, including reading and replying to e-mail. (I knocked out a bunch of that yesterday and today. Again, apologies.)

As regular readers know, […]