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Publisher Comments:

Over the course of a fifty-year career, Donald E. Westlake published nearly one hundred books, including not one but two long-running series, starring the hard-hitting Parker and the hapless John Dortmunder. In the six years since his death, Westlakes reputation has only grown, with fans continuing to marvel at his tightly constructed plots, no-nonsense prose, and keen, even unsettling, insights into human behavior.

 

With The Getaway Car, we get our first glimpse of another side of Westlake the writer: what he did when he wasnt busy making stuff up. And its fascinating. Setting previously published pieces, many little seen, alongside never-before-published material found in Westlakes working files, the book offers a clear picture of the man behind the books—including his thoughts on his own work and that of his peers, mentors, and influences. The book opens with revealing (and funny) fragments from an unpublished autobiography, then goes on to offer an extended history of private eye fiction, a conversation among Westlakes numerous pen names, letters to friends and colleagues, interviews, appreciations of fellow writers, and much, much more. Theres even a recipe for Sloth à la Dortmunder. Really.

 

Rounded out with a foreword by Westlakes longtime friend Lawrence Block, The Getaway Car is a fitting capstone to a storied career and a wonderful opportunity to revel anew in the voice and sensibility of a master craftsman.

Synopsis:

This anthology gathers the very best of Donald Westlakes nonfiction, including reviews, essays, letters, and interviews, plus a recipe for tuna casserole. Levi Stahl, aficionado of the novels Westlake wrote as Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, and Westlake, was given access to the writers personal files and chose the most interesting bits, such as a memoir fragment on how Westlake taught himself to write. This is the only collection of nonfiction by the grand master of mystery, who wrote scores of crime novels from 1959 till he died in 2008.  Lawrence Block has provided an amusing and revealing foreword.

About the Author

Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was a prolific author of crime fiction. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the societys highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master. Levi Stahl is the promotions director of the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lawrence Block

Editors Introduction

1 My Second Life: Fragments from an Autobiography

2 Donald E. Westlake, a.k.a. . . .

Hearing Voices in My Head: Tucker Coe, Timothy J. Culver, Richard Stark and Donald E. Westlake

Living with a Mystery Writer, by Abby Adams

Writers on Writing: A Pseudonym Returns From an Alter-Ego Trip, With New Tales to Tell

3 So Tell Me about This Job Were Gonna Pull: On Genre

The Hardboiled Dicks

Introduction to Murderous Schemes

Introduction to The Best American Mystery Stories, 2000

Dont Call Us, Well Call You

4 Ten Most Wanted: Ten Favorite Mystery Books

5 Returning to the Scene of the Crime: On His Own Work

Introduction to Levine

Tangled Webs for Sale: Best Offer

Introduction to Kahawa

Light

Hooked

Letter to Howard B. Gotlieb, Boston University Libraries

6 Lunch Break: Mays Famous Tuna Casserole

7 The Other Guys in the String: Peers, Favorites, and Influences

Lawrence Block: First Sighting

On Peter Rabe

Playing Politics with a Master of Dialogue: On George V. Higgins

On Rex Stout

Introduction to Jack Ritchies A New Leaf and Other Stories

Foreword to Thurber on Crime

Introduction to Charles Willefords The Way We Die Now

On Stephen Frears

John D. MacDonald: A Remembrance

8 Coffee Break: Letter to Ray Broekel

9 Anything You Say May Be Used against You: Interviews

An Inside Look at Donald Westlake, by Albert Nussbaum, 81332-132

The Worst Happens: From an Interview by Patrick McGilligan

10 Midnight Snack: Gustatory Notes from All Over

11 Side Jobs: Prison Breaks, Movie Mobsters, and Radio Comedy

Break-Out

Love Stuff, Cops-and-Robbers Style

Send In the Goons

12 Signed Confessions: Letters

To Judy ?

To Peter Gruber

To James Hale

To Stephen and Tabitha King

To Brian Garfield

To David Ramus

To Pam Vesey

To Gary Salt

To Henry Morrison

To Jon L. Breen

13 Jobs Never Pulled: Title Ideas

Crime Titles

Comic Crime Titles

14 Death Row (Or, The Happily Ever Afterlife): Letter to Ralph L. Woods

Acknowledgments

Credits

Name Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780877953340
Subtitle:
A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany
Author:
Block, Lawrence
Author:
Stahl, Levi
Author:
Westlake, Donald E.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fiction -- Authorship.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective Fiction
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
-1338-T1
Publication Date:
20140924
Binding:
Paperback
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This anthology gathers the very best of Donald Westlakes nonfiction, including reviews, essays, letters, and interviews, plus a recipe for tuna casserole. Levi Stahl, aficionado of the novels Westlake wrote as Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, and Westlake, was given access to the writers personal files and chose the most interesting bits, such as a memoir fragment on how Westlake taught himself to write. This is the only collection of nonfiction by the grand master of mystery, who wrote scores of crime novels from 1959 till he died in 2008.  Lawrence Block has provided an amusing and revealing foreword.
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