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Sent: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 22:23:58 -0500
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Donald Westlake, An Appreciation
> 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.
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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