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  • The Man With The Getaway Face

    The Man With The Getaway Face is the second book in Westlake’s Parker series (under his Richard Gaunt nom-de-plume). There are similarities between Parker and Dortmunder, but they feel quite superficial, given the different worlds these crooks inhabit.

  • Good Behavior

    Good Behavior is the sixth novel in the Dortmunder series, and first appeared three years after its predecessor, Why Me? Westlake is no longer around to ask whether that was because he was struggling to find inspiration, or was just too busy with everything else he was writing. Still, I’m mindful of the fact that […]

  • Why Me?

    Why Me? is the fifth Dortmunder novel, after The Hot Rock, Bank Shot, Jimmy The Kid and Nobody’s Perfect. In any long series of books, you need to have more than one volume to bring in fresh readers. If you make every previous book absolutely necessary for the comprehension of the next, eventually attrition of […]

  • Parker, and seeking definition

    This evening, reading The Hunter by Donald Westlake (masquerading as Richard Stark) I got all confused about the eye colour of Parker, the protagonist of the story.