Movie review: A Slight Case of Murder (1999), based on “A Travesty” by Donald Westlake

A Slight Case of Murder is a quite-faithful TV-movie adaptation of Donald Westlake’s novella, “A Travesty,” really, one of the most faithful adaptations of Westlake’s works that I’ve seen. Plenty of scenes and even lines are straight from the book.

The setup is the same–film critic Terry (Stacy in the book) Thorpe (William H. […]

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 […]

VWOP Ordo movie giveaway – with a couple of catches (read carefully!)

The Donald Westlake novella Ordo was recently reprinted as part of the two-fer Double Feature for Hard Case Crime (a look at that volume is coming soon).

Did you know there was a movie based on Ordo? It’s a French film from 2004.

It’s fairly expensive in its US edition, but I found a […]

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: https://t.co/A0yr6bVNyT 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. https://t.co/42ZU6xa4eb Dean Koontz has a new series […]

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 […]

A 1966 ad for The Busy Body

An advertisement for The Busy Body, from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, April 1966. Courtesy of Jesse Willis at SFFaudio.

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 […]