Thanks to all for their Westlake appreciations.
My own story is that I accosted him on 5th Avenue at the "New York is
Book Country" street fair with about 30 vintage paperbacks, including
all the first edition paperback Parkers, the Elizabeth Taylor bio, and
even the Midwood (A Girl Called Honey) that Block and Westlake
dedicated to themselves. As friendly as could be, he signed every last
one and joked that seeing all those old paperbacks was like watching
his life flash before his eyes. A real gentleman.
As for The Stepfather, Terry O'Quinn should've won Best Actor. And the
opening minutes are the perfect wordless plot set-up.
I think a particularly good serious Westlake is his Idi Amin
action-adventure novel Kahawa. There's an image of death as men are
running atop falling train cars that has stayed with me for years.
Bob V in NJ
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