News for week ending 2020-02-29 (open thread)

Here are some items of interest from my first week back.

  • Clive Cussler dead at 88: 
  • Brian Cronin at Comic Book Resources: Darwyn Cooke Perfectly Melded the Worlds of DC and Richard Stark Together. It’s a look at Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score, Cooke’s precursor to his Parker adaptations. 
  • Dean Koontz has a new series called “Nameless,” published by Amazon. “His latest project is a bit of a throwback to the Parker novels by Donald E. Westlake (writing as Richard Stark): short, gritty crime stories with a no-nonsense protagonist. In one scene, Koontz even drops the name ‘Alan Grofield,’ a recurring character in Parker’s capers.”I hope to check out this series soon.
  • James Davis Nicoll at Tor has an introduction to the Dortmunder series: 
  • CrimeReads has an exclusive excerpt from Double Feature, the new Hard Case Crime volume featuring two Donald Westlake novellas. 

That’s it for this week! If you come across something that might be of interest to fellow Westlake and crime fiction fans, feel free to send it my way via e-mail or Twitter.