RARA-AVIS: In defense of Stark

From: Jiro Kimura ( jkimura@nsknet.or.jp)
Date: 30 Jan 2005

Of course, Richard Stark/Donald Westlake does not need me to defend his writing. Well, I recently translated FIREBREAK and several of his recent Westlake novels (THE AX, THE HOOK, etc) into Japanese and know a number of factual and editorial warts.

Okay, Stark writes about the Parker capers in which Parker does not pull the hit smoothly, or he is being a little amateurish and gets in trouble. If he wrote about the capers in which he has no trouble and suceeds in the heist nice and easy, these novels would be very short and boring.

Incidentally, NOBODY RUNS FOREVER does not end nicely, I admit, but I looking forward to its sequal, as BUCHER'S MOON (1974) is a sequal to SLAYGROUND (1971). Still, his latest is better than Stark-wannabes.

Incidentlly, "John B. Allen" is one of Westlake's penname when he was writing soft porns.

Best, Jiro Kimura

Jiro Kimura
Kanazawa JAPAN
e-mail: jkimura@nsknet.or.jp
The Gumshoe Site: <http://www.nsknet.or.jp/~jkimura/>

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