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message 1: by Thomas (last edited Jul 19, 2009 09:28AM) (new)

Thomas (thomasroche) | 5 comments Hard Case is publishing a new, never-before-published book by Donald E. Westlake in April, 2010. This was the last book that Westlake wrote before he passed away recently.

The link: http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bi...


message 2: by Dan (new)

Dan (akagunslinger) | 125 comments Just saw this. A guy leaves town for a week and suddenly there's another Westlake book.


message 3: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) Cool, isn't it?
;-)


message 4: by Kemper (new)

Kemper | 34 comments They also just released a new Dortmunder novel by Westlake. I guess this will be the last one?

http://www.amazon.com/Get-Real-Donald...





message 5: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 142 comments This is great but its bittersweet feeling about the last Westlake.

I have many Westlake books to collect before this.


message 6: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 142 comments The premise, as outlined by Ardai, sounds most intriguing:

It's a beautifully written, heartbreaking story about a man who suffers an assault (after being caught in bed with another man's wife) and wakes up in a hospital bed suffering from a peculiar sort of brain damage that doesn't make him unable to function but does make it hard for him to form new memories or retain old ones. Stuck far from home (and struggling even to remember where home used to be), paranoid about the attentions of the police, and desperate to reconstruct his lost life, Paul Cole sets out on an extraordinary private investigation: a missing persons case in which he himself is the missing person.


The premise sound great.

Here is an article of why it was never published.

http://www.sarahweinman.com/confessio...


message 7: by Dan (new)

Dan (akagunslinger) | 125 comments Anyone have this yet? I'm expecting it in the mail any day now.


message 8: by James (new)

James Thane (jameslthane) | 4 comments I'm looking forward to it as well, although my favorite Westlake books will always be the Parker series that he wrote as Richard Stark.


message 9: by Mohammed (last edited Mar 29, 2010 04:22AM) (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 142 comments Parker is alltime fav crime series for me but Westlake is great under his own name too with his comic crime books or the more serious,darker ones.

I have of course pre-ordered this. Any Westlake book in print in his own name or other names are must buys for me. I have read close 20 books of him since my first book The Hunter in 2008 :)


message 10: by Randy (last edited Mar 30, 2010 03:47AM) (new)

Randy | 67 comments I became concerned because Memory was already available on Amazon and, so, called Dorchester Publishing. The customer service rep said they'd gotten behind on shipping and they were getting ready to send the book out. That was last week.


message 11: by Jed (new)

Jed (specklebang) | 26 comments I got my copy of Memory from Amazon about a week ago.

Mohammed, are you collecting the new reprints of Parker? I got Green Eagle and Sour Lemon yesterday, delivered EARLY. Amazing.

Just finished Shotgun Opera by Gischler. He's a good writer and pretty hard boiled.


message 12: by Mohammed (last edited Mar 30, 2010 09:20AM) (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 142 comments Jed wrote: "I got my copy of Memory from Amazon about a week ago.

Mohammed, are you collecting the new reprints of Parker? I got Green Eagle and Sour Lemon yesterday, delivered EARLY. Amazing.

Just finished..."

Of course i'm collecting the new prints. I read the first 7 as old paperback before the new prints was made. I got book 8,9 last year from the new print. Great looking paperbacks !

Early ? Thats shocking since only the 10th book is coming out in 15 april and the other two are in May !

I hope they realesed early to bookstores too and not only amazon.


message 13: by Jed (new)

Jed (specklebang) | 26 comments Why? Do you not like Amazon? Just curious. I buy almost everything from them. They are just another Corporation but so are the bookstores. I don't know of even one bookstore in this community of 2 million people that would carry a new book.

So far, the reprints are being released in order. I wonder if they will reprint the obscurest ones, like Butchers Moon.


message 14: by Dan (new)

Dan (akagunslinger) | 125 comments I'm also reading the Parker re-issues and enjoying every page.


message 15: by Randy (new)

Randy | 67 comments Butcher's Moon is the last Parker before Westlake took a twenty year hiatus. They're planning to reissue the series through that one. Good thing, it's the only one I haven't read(way too much on the secondary markets).


message 16: by Jed (new)

Jed (specklebang) | 26 comments Tell me about it! I paid $60 for that one! I think of all the times I bought these for 25¢ to 35¢ and abandoned them on plane trips.


message 17: by Mohammed (last edited Mar 30, 2010 02:18PM) (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 142 comments Jed wrote: "Why? Do you not like Amazon? Just curious. I buy almost everything from them. They are just another Corporation but so are the bookstores. I don't know of even one bookstore in this community of 2 ..."
Amazon is very expensive shipping wise to me in Sweden.

I get almost the same price as amazon in my english language specialist bookstore without any shipping cost. I get all my books from them. They are better than normal bookstores,book-chain.

Online stores is not worth prize wise,shipping wise.
Plus its nice to go to real stores with knowledgeable people when it doesn't cost you extra much.


message 18: by James (new)

James Thane (jameslthane) | 4 comments Add my name to the list of people who are very happy to see the re-issue of the "Parker" novels. I think they are the best work that Donald Westlake did, and I've been pursuing copies of the older, out-of-print books for years. It's nice to be able to get some of them in new editions.


message 19: by Kemper (new)

Kemper | 34 comments Just finished Memory. It's a great book. But it really isn't a crime novel. If you go in expecting a Westlake/Stark style mystery, you're probably going to be disappointed, but it's still well worth reading.


message 20: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 142 comments Kemper wrote: "Just finished Memory. It's a great book. But it really isn't a crime novel. If you go in expecting a Westlake/Stark style mystery, you're probably going to be disappointed, but it's still well ..."

The synopsis is interesting enough to read crime book or not.

I have read him writing other things than a crime book. His Samuel Holt books are barely crime but still well written,entertaining.

Plus its written by a young Westlake who wrote amazing books like Parker series early in his career.


message 21: by Randy (last edited Apr 03, 2010 11:08AM) (new)

Randy | 67 comments PARKER ALERT!

Turner Classic Movies is running the first movie made based on The Hunter, Point Blank, Saturday night at ten p.m. I own a DVD and I though it was better done than the theatrical version of Gibson's Payback. The director's cut of Payback, though, was much closer to the novel.


message 22: by Vincent (new)

Vincent Zandri (vincentzandri) | 3 comments Thomas wrote: "Hard Case is publishing a new, never-before-published book by Donald E. Westlake in April, 2010. This was the last book that Westlake wrote before he passed away recently.

The link: http://www.har..."


Definitely looking forward to that...I didn't realize it before, but he was originally from Albany.
Vin


message 23: by Dan (new)

Dan (akagunslinger) | 125 comments I finished reading Memory yesterday. I have now read all 66 Hard Case books released by Dorchester.


message 24: by James (new)

James Thane (jameslthane) | 4 comments I see that Hard Case has announced the release of another "last" Donald Westlake novel called "The Comedy Is Finished," to be published in February, 2012. This is a book Westlake wrote in the late '70s or early 80s but never published.


message 25: by Dan (new)

Dan (akagunslinger) | 125 comments James wrote: "I see that Hard Case has announced the release of another "last" Donald Westlake novel called "The Comedy Is Finished," to be published in February, 2012. This is a book Westlake wrote in the late..."

I hadn't heard that. Was this announced on the Hard Case website?


message 26: by Randy (new)

Randy | 67 comments Yes, to be their second hardcover.


message 27: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 142 comments It sounds more like straight Westlake thriller like Kahawa and not like Memory.

I look forward to reading it.


message 28: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 142 comments http://www.maxallancollins.com/blog/

An interesting blog post about The Comedy is Finished publishing history and how Ardai found the manuscript.

Crazy the reason DEW decided to not publish it in the 80s.


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