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 […]

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 […]