Re: RARA-AVIS: Westlake

From: blumenidiot (
Date: 05 Jan 2009

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    There are   HIGH ADVENTURE set mainly in Belize  and GANGWAY,  a western written with Brian Garfield that put the lie to the assertion he only wrote works set in New York. Looking at the Westlake site @, there are many works I never heard of not counting those we have discussed by Alan Marshall or Edwin West. I have read afew of the Mohonk mysteries 

    --- On Mon, 1/5/09, bobav1 <> wrote:

    From: bobav1 <> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Westlake To: Date: Monday, January 5, 2009, 2:23 PM

    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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