Review: Double Feature, part two – “Ordo”

Note: Donald Westlake’s 1977 collection of two novellas, Enough, was recently reprinted by Hard Case Crime as Double Feature. I have reviewed the two novellas (the other being “A Travesty”) individually.

“Ordo,” the second of two novellas in Double Feature (previously published as Enough), is an entirely different animal than opener, “A Travesty.” While “A Travesty” […]

Review: Double Feature, part one – “A Travesty”

Note: Donald Westlake’s 1977 collection of two novellas, Enough, was recently reprinted by Hard Case Crime as Double Feature. As “A Travesty” is or is nearly novel-length, I will be reviewing the two novellas (the other being “Ordo”) individually.

What is the most Westlakeian of all of Donald Westlake’s works? Something that really captures the […]

New (old) Donald Westlake coming from Hard Case Crime

Some exciting news from our friends at Hard Case Crime. Two short novels have been repackaged as Double Feature. The title is appropriate, as both were adapted into films, and both involve film.I haven’t read either, nor seen the film adaptations, so I’m looking forward to this.First in the volume is Ordo, which […]

Killy – first edition (book club) (1963)

Just to let y’all know I’m still around, here is my latest score. It’s in beautiful shape and appears to be unread. This one is unread by me so far as well, so I’m looking forward to it.

Westlake score: Philip

There are a number of elements to successful book collecting. This score can be chalked up to persistence and luck.

Above is my copy of Philip, Donald Westlake’s only children’s book and among the rarest, possibly the rarest, of all of his titles. The cheapest copy I can find, one in slightly lesser condition […]

Book review: Help I Am Being Held Prisoner by Donald E. Westlake (HCC-132)

Jailed for a Joke

It isn’t easy going to jail for a practical joke. Of course, this particular joke left 20 cars wrecked on the highway and two politicians’ careers in tatters—so jail is where Harold Künt landed. Now he’s just trying to keep a low profile in the Big House. […]

The Westlake Review marks a milestone

I’ve promoted it on several occasions, and it’s linked in the sidebar, but it’s possible that some of you here aren’t familiar with The Westlake Review.

Fred Fitch (totally his real name) set out to read and review all of Donald Westlake’s novels, with the exception of pseudonymous sleaze titles. And as of […]

Hard Case Crime review: Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake (HCC-129)

The Bond That Never Was.

Two decades ago, the producers of the James Bond movies hired legendary crime novelist Donald E. Westlake to come up with a story for the next Bond film. The plot Westlake dreamed up – about a Western businessman seeking revenge after being kicked out of Hong […]

Westlake Score: Pity Him Afterwards

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

It may not have been a banner year thus far for book blogging chez Louis XIV/Existential Ennui—and certainly not at The Violent World of Parker, where, this post included, I’ve managed just two posts this year; some co-blogger, huh?—but it’s been a […]

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 […]