Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goodbye, Donald Westlake

Donald Westlake, author of the Dortmunder series, numerous crime novels and short stories as well as the Parker series under the name Richard Stark, has died at the age of 75. He was on his way to a New Year's Eve party, when he collapsed of an apparent heart attack.

I first discovered Mr. Westlake when I read Money For Nothing in 2003. I was really impressed with this book and immediately went back to read his others. Two favorites include The Hook and The Ax. I even found out that A Slight Case of Murder, one of my favorite movies, was based on a story by Westlake.

Needless to say, I, along with the rest of the crime fiction community (readers and writers alike) will be feeling the loss of this prolific writer. You can see the numerous tributes here.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Westlake. You will be greatly missed.


davethemysteryguy said...

I was shocked and saddened to hear about Donald Westlake's death. I have been a fan of his for so long.

R.J. Mangahas said...

Dave --

yeah, it's a pretty big loss I'd say.

SethR said...

Wow, not a good way to start 2009 after losing such greats as Edward D. Hoch, Michael Crichton and Tony Hillerman last year.

I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Westlake a few years ago. What a true gentleman.

R.J. Mangahas said...

I agree, Seth. Hopefully we won't see so many losses this year.