ast week I started rereading a Donald Westlake novel looking for the answer to a contest question
. I found the answer and entered the contest. Then I finished that book (The Handle
), and I've read four more by Westlake since, each at least for the second time. Here are some of the highlights:
- The guards in the bank that gets stolen in Bank Shot (that right: stolen, not robbed) work for the Continental Detective Agency, a tribute to the crime writer Westlake acknowledged as his first and virtually only early influence. One of the guards in particular is content to be a guard with the company. He has no aspirations to be a Continental Op.
- A belligerent driver who threatens to make trouble for Dortmunder and Kelp in the same book backs off when our heroes persuade him that police would be very interested in the piles of soft-core porn books in the back of his car. The books are titles Westlake wrote himself under his Alan/Allan Marshall aliases.
© Peter Rozovsky 2011
- Another Westlake book is on the way, even though Westlake died in 2008. It's a "weird little SF mystery" called The Risk Profession that first appeared in a science-fiction magazine in the early '60s, and it stars "an investigator for an interplanetary insurance company, ferreting out the truth behind suspicious ... insurance claims."
Labels: comic crime fiction, Donald Westlake, Dortmunder, John Dortmunder, Richard Stark, science fiction