Re: RARA-AVIS: Donald Westlake, An Appreciation

Date: 03 Jan 2009

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    > Very moving appreciation, Mario.
    > Slayground (a Berkeley Medallion copy falsely numbered The Violent World
    > of Parker # 1) was the first Westlake I read, too. I thought it was
    > great, something unlike any crime fiction I'd read (admittedly, not a
    > whole lot at that point, but haven't found any betters since). And then
    > I read #2, Point Blank. Took me years, more than a decade, but I
    > finally compiled the whole series. And read them all yet again, in
    > order. Made a huge difference, made the best even better.
    > I once went to a public interview of Westlake done by Michael Dirda at
    > the Smithsonian, around the relaunch of the Parker series. He had great
    > stories. Afterwards, he signed copies of his new book. A handful of us
    > had brought a bunch of books, all of which he graciously signed. We
    > were asked to wait until those with single copies were done. Far from a
    > punishment, this turned out to be a bonus, as Westlake continued to chat
    > and tell stories. Everyone was terribly jealous when I pulled out my
    > copy Comfort Station, since Westlake had mentioned his blurb to himself
    > on the cover of this pseudonymous novel.
    > Mark
    I'm jealous too! That is one of the books I don't have since I can't find it for sale for less than $75.



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