Donald E. Westlake


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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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The Hot Rock (Dortmunder, #1)

3.94 avg rating — 5,135 ratings — published 1970 — 56 editions
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Bank Shot (Dortmunder, #2)

4.02 avg rating — 2,723 ratings — published 1972 — 37 editions
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The Ax

3.91 avg rating — 1,887 ratings — published 1997 — 29 editions
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Somebody Owes Me Money

3.80 avg rating — 1,451 ratings — published 1969 — 25 editions
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What's The Worst That Could...

4.13 avg rating — 1,420 ratings — published 1996 — 25 editions
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Drowned Hopes (Dortmunder, #7)

4.13 avg rating — 1,381 ratings — published 1990 — 25 editions
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What's So Funny? (Dortmunde...

3.89 avg rating — 1,361 ratings — published 2007 — 25 editions
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3.57 avg rating — 1,349 ratings — published 1962 — 19 editions
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Don't Ask (Dortmunder, #8)

4.04 avg rating — 1,147 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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Jimmy The Kid (Dortmunder, #3)

3.97 avg rating — 1,494 ratings — published 1974 — 36 editions
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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.”
Donald E. Westlake, Two Much

“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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