--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "hardcasecrime" <editor@...> wrote:
> > Did he leave behind an outline as well?
> I don't know this for sure, but it would amaze me if he did. He was not
> one to outline, and it's not like he knew he was about to die.
> That doesn't mean another author couldn't be brought in to finish the
> book, and any of the ones people have named would have no problem
> working without an outline. But so little of the book exists that it
> would really be like writing a book from scratch (not unlike Parker's
> POODLE SPRINGS, which had only a chapter or two as a starting point).
I think Parker did a good job with that novel. No matter what he did, he was going to catch a fair amount of flak...
And while we are talking about Westlake let me thank Charles for republishing hard to find and long out of print novels by Westlake. It's a great gift to us hardboiled fans.
More about Westlake: I have been rereading the "late" Parkers, most recently Ask the Parrot, and thoroughly enjoying them. I do like the later Parker, running for his life and not controlling the situation as much as he used to do.
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