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Donald E. Westlake

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Donald E. Westlake

    Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950's, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms such as Richard Stark—but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ruthless criminal named Parker. His writing earned him three Edgar Awards: the 1968 Best Novel award for God Save the Mark; the 1990 Best Short Story award for "Too Many Crooks"; and the 1991 Best Motion Picture Screenplay award for The Grifters. In addition, Westlake also earned a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993.

Westlake's cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books, with stars such as Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson. Westlake wrote several screenplays himself, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of The Grifters, Jim Thompson's noir classic.

Used These Alternate Names: Richard Stark, Timothy J. Culver, Richard Stark, Donald I. Vestlejk, Don Westlake, D.E. Westlake, Donald Westlake, Дональд Уэстлейк

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Dortmunder series[edit]

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The Hot Rock (1970)
by Donald E. Westlake
Dortmunder #1
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Bank Short (2021)
by Donald E. Westlake
Dortmunder #2
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Jimmy the Kid
 
Nobody's Perfect
 
Why Me?
 
Good Behavior
 
Drowned Hopes
 
Don't Ask
 
What's the Worst Can Happen
 
Bad News
 
The Road to Ruin
 
Thieves' Dozen
 
Watch Your Back!
 
What's So Funny?
 
Get Real


As Richard Stark

Dortmunder series[edit]

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The Hot Rock (1970)
by Donald E. Westlake
Dortmunder #1
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Bank Shot (novel) (cover).jpg
Bank Short (2021)
by Donald E. Westlake
Dortmunder #2
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Jimmy the Kid
 
Nobody's Perfect
 
Why Me?
 
Good Behavior
 
Drowned Hopes
 
Don't Ask
 
What's the Worst Can Happen
 
Bad News
 
The Road to Ruin
 
Thieves' Dozen
 
Watch Your Back!
 
What's So Funny?
 
Get Real


Parker series[edit]

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The Hunter (1962)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #1
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The Outfit (1963)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #3
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The Mourner (1963)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #4
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The Score (1964)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #5
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The Jugger (1965)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #6
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The Seventh (1966)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #7
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The Handle (1966)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #8
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Deadly Edge

 
Plunder Squad
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Butcher's Moon (1974)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #16
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Comeback
 
Backflash
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Flashfire (2000)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #19
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Firebreak
 
Breakout
 
Nobody Runs Forever
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Ask the Parrot (2006)
by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake
Parker #23
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Dirty Money


Novels by Richard Stark

  • The Hunter (1962, aka Point Blank, Payback, University of Chicago Press reprint 2008) ISBN 978-0-226-77099-4
  • The Man With the Getaway Face (1963, aka The Steel Hit, University of Chicago Press reprint 2008) ISBN 978-0-226-77100-7
  • The Outfit (1963, University of Chicago Press reprint 2008) ISBN 978-0-226-77101-4
  • The Mourner (1963, University of Chicago Press reprint 2009) ISBN 978-0-226-77103-8
  • The Score (1964, aka Killtown, University of Chicago Press reprint 2009) ISBN 978-0-226-77104-5
  • The Jugger (1965, University of Chicago Press reprint 2009) ISBN 978-0-226-77102-1
  • The Seventh (1966, aka The Split, University of Chicago Press reprint 2009) ISBN 978-0-226-77105-2
  • The Handle (1966, aka Run Lethal, University of Chicago Press reprint 2009) ISBN 978-0-226-77106-9
  • The Rare Coin Score (1967, University of Chicago Press reprint 2009) ISBN 978-0-226-77107-6
  • The Green Eagle Score (1967, University of Chicago Press reprint 2010) ISBN 978-0-226-77108-3
  • The Black Ice Score (1968, University of Chicago Press reprint 2010) ISBN 978-0-226-77109-0
  • The Sour Lemon Score (1969, University of Chicago Press reprint 2010) ISBN 978-0-226-77110-6
  • Deadly Edge (1971, University of Chicago Press reprint 2010) ISBN 0-7490-0087-2 and 978-0-226-77091-8
  • Slayground (1971, University of Chicago Press reprint 2010) — First chapter shared with The Blackbird, a novel in Westlake's Alan Grofield series. ISBN 978-0-226-77092-5
  • Plunder Squad (1972, University of Chicago Press reprint 2010) ISBN 978-0-226-77093-2
  • Butcher's Moon (1974, University of Chicago Press reprint 2011) ISBN 978-0-226-77095-6
  • Comeback (1997, University of Chicago Press reprint 2011) ISBN 978-0-226-77058-1
  • Backflash (1998, University of Chicago Press reprint 2011) ISBN 978-0-226-77060-4
  • Flashfire (2000, University of Chicago Press reprint 2011) ISBN 978-0-226-77062-8
  • Firebreak (2001, University of Chicago Press reprint 2011) ISBN 978-0-226-77065-9
  • Breakout (2002)
  • Nobody Runs Forever (2004)
  • Ask the Parrot (2006)
  • Dirty Money (2008)

Also appears in:

  • The Blackbird (1969) by Richard Stark — Parker appears only the first chapter of this novel starring Alan Grofield.
  • Dead Skip (1972) by Joe Gores — Parker appears briefly in a sequence that was also described (from a different viewpoint) in Plunder Squad (1972).
  • Jimmy the Kid (1974) by Donald E. Westlake — This novel in Westlake's John Dortmunder series features the gang planning a caper based on a Parker novel they have. Chapters alternate between Parker committing a kidnapping (in the otherwise unavailable novel Child Heist) and the Dortmunder gang screwing it up as they try to imitate Parker. Only a few chapters of Child Heist are featured, and this particular Parker story is not complete on its own.

Alan Grofield series[edit]

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The Damsel (1967)
by Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake)
Alan Grofield #1
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The Dame (1969)
by Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake)
Alan Grofield #2
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Bibliography from ISFDB

Novels

   * Anarchaos (1967) [as by Curt Clark ]
   * Transylvania Station (1987) with Abby Westlake
   * High Jinx (1987) with Abby Westlake
   * Humans (1992)
   * Smoke (1995) 

Collections

   * Tomorrow's Crimes (1989) 

Anthologies

   * Once Against the Law (1968) with William Tenn 

Nongenre

   * The Spy in the Ointment (1967)
   * Trust Me On This (1988)
   * The Ax (1997) 

Shortfiction

   * Take It Away (unknown)
   * Or Give Me Death (1954)
   * Fluorocarbons Are Here to Stay! (1958)
   * Journey to Death (1959)
   * And Then He Went Away (1959)
   * Birth of a Monster (1959) [as by Richard Stark ]
   * Travelers Far and Wee (1960)
   * Man of Action (1960)
   * The Risk Profession (1961)
   * They Also Serve (1961)
   * Call Him Nemesis (1961)
   * The Spy in the Elevator (1961)
   * Meteor Strike! (1961)
   * The Earthman's Burden (1962)
   * The Question (1963) with Laurence M. Janifer [as by Donald E. Westlake and Larry M. Harris ]
   * Nackles (1964) [as by Curt Clark ]
   * The Spoils System (1965)
   * The Winner (1970)
   * In at the Death (1977)
   * Ordo (1977)
   * The Girl of My Dreams (1978)
   * The Mulligan Stew (1979)
   * Interstellar Pigeon (1982)
   * Hydra (1984)
   * The Ultimate Caper: The Purloined Letter (1989)
   * Dream a Dream (1989)
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