Donald E. Westlake





Donald E. Westlake


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
July 12, 1933

Died
December 31, 2008

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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 1950's, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms such as Richard Stark—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 Edgar Awards: the 1968 Best Novel award for God Save the Mark; the 1990 Best Short Story award for "Too Many Crooks"; and the 1991 Best Motion Picture Screenplay award for The Grifters. In addition, Westlake also earned a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993.

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Average rating: 3.86 · 32,169 ratings · 2,895 reviews · 240 distinct works · Similar authors
The Hot Rock (Dortmunder, #1)

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Bank Shot (Dortmunder, #2)

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The Ax

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What's The Worst That Could...

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Drowned Hopes (Dortmunder, #7)

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“Nobody gets everything in this life. You decide your priorities and you make your choices. I'd decided long ago that any cake I had would be eaten.”
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“My mother believed in all superstitions, plus she made some up.”
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“What advice I would give to anybody about anything. Life is a slow-motion avalanche, and none of us are steering." (When asked in an interview about what question he's tired of being asked.)”
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