Re: RARA-AVIS: Candyland

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 04 Apr 2001

Richard Coomber asked about the literary device in which two pseudonyms of the same person collaborate on a book. Well, there was Jimmy the Kid by Donald Westlake. The Dortmunder gang bases a kidnapping on an otherwise unpublished Richard Stark Parker caper. The book alternates chapters between Parker's professionalism and the Dortmunder's screw-ups.

SPOILER: The kidnap victim escapes with the ransom money which he uses to finance a movie about his experience. The book ends with a letter from Richard Stark's lawyer saying he can't sue the moviemaker for stealing his plot because, although the kidnappers may have infringed upon his copyright, the moviemaker's film was based on his real life experience.

There are also numerous collaborations between two mystery writers handing a story off between them -- Stephen Marlowe/Prather and several Nameless books -- but that's not quite the same.


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