I'd posted here
on Donald Westlake's tendency in his later work to bring aspects of one part of his large and varied oeuvre to bear on another. Thus a Parker caper might have comic Dortmunder touches or a Dormunder story might contain echoes of economic havoc, a la The Ax
So I was especially pleased this week to find the following comment
from Westlake himself:
"There are three reasons to write under a pen name, and at one time or another all three of those reasons have applied to me. As a result, I have been a longtime multiple personality, though lately showing signs of a more fully integrated character."
Perhaps I wasn't imagining those crossover tendencies.
I found my way to the Westlake comment via the redesigned Violent World of Parker
Web site. That's long been one of the richest and most informative sites out there, and now it includes a blog. Take a look.© Peter Rozovsky 2009
Labels: Donald Westlake, Parker, Richard Stark