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PARKER. Donald Westlake, under the pseudonym Richard Stark, created a iconic hardboiled character in Parker, a cold, violent career criminal. Coming out January 2012, this Westlake adaption stars J.LO and action heartthrob Jason Statham.
“He was probably the fastest brain I ever met. We all like to think of the line we should have said three days ago; but he thought of it right now” - Brian Garfield on master of mystery, Donald Westlake
Jimmy The Kid is part of Donald Westlake’s highly popular comedy mystery Dortmunder series. Today we are celebrating Westlake’s Birthday (July 12, 1933 - December 31, 2008), a man who revolutionized the craft of the crime novel, and whose books have been memorialized in many forms.
Donald E. Westlake(1933–2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950s, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms—but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ruthless criminal named Parker. His writing earned him three Edgars and a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
Westlake’s cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books, with stars such as Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson. Westlake wrote several screenplays himself, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation ofThe Grifters, Jim Thomopsom’s noir classic.