Donald E Westlake Books

Author Donald Edwin Westlake was born July 12, 1933 in Brooklyn and was raised in Albany, New York. After writing a lot in his teens, he got rejected two hundred times; he would finally make a sale in 1954. He would sell more stories here and there over the years while going to college. He would later spend two years in the United States Air Force. While living in New York City, he wrote on the side and worked at a literary agency. In 1960, he started writing full time, and it was this year that he sold his first novel under his own name (the novel was called “The Mercenaries”). He was married three times, the third to a well regarded gardener and writer of two non-fiction books. The Westlake garden has been opened many times for viewing by the public in the summer. He died New Year’s Eve, 2008 from a heart attack while he was about to go to a dinner with his wife while they were on vacation in Mexico. He was 75 years old.

Order of Parker Series

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1 The Hunter 1962 Description / Buy
2 The Man With The Getaway Face 1963 Description / Buy
3 The Outfit 1963 Description / Buy
4 The Mourner 1963 Description / Buy
5 The Score 1963 Description / Buy
6 The Jugger 1965 Description / Buy
7 The Handle 1966 Description / Buy
8 The Seventh 1966 Description / Buy
9 The Green Eagle Score 1967 Description / Buy
10 The Rare Coin Score 1967 Description / Buy
11 The Black Ice Score 1968 Description / Buy
12 The Sour Lemon Score 1969 Description / Buy
13 Deadly Edge 1971 Description / Buy
14 Slayground 1971 Description / Buy
15 Plunder Squad 1972 Description / Buy
16 Butcher's Moon 1974 Description / Buy
17 Comeback 1997 Description / Buy
18 Backflash 1998 Description / Buy
19 Flashfire 2000 Description / Buy
20 Firebreak 2001 Description / Buy
21 Breakout 2002 Description / Buy
22 Nobody Runs Forever 2004 Description / Buy
23 Ask The Parrot 2006 Description / Buy
24 Dirty Money 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Dortmunder Series

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1 The Hot Rock 1970 Description / Buy
2 Bank Shot 1972 Description / Buy
3 Jimmy The Kid 1974 Description / Buy
4 Nobody's Perfect 1977 Description / Buy
5 Why Me? 1983 Description / Buy
6 Good Behavior 1985 Description / Buy
7 Drowned Hopes 1990 Description / Buy
8 Don't Ask 1993 Description / Buy
9 What's The Worst That Could Happen? 1996 Description / Buy
10 Bad News 2001 Description / Buy
11 The Road To Ruin 2004 Description / Buy
12 Thieves' Dozen 2004 Description / Buy
13 Watch Your Back! 2005 Description / Buy
14 What's So Funny? 2007 Description / Buy
15 Get Real 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Sara & Jack Series

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1 Trust Me On This 1988 Description / Buy
2 Baby, Would I Lie? 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Mitch Tobin Series

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1 Kinds Of Love, Kinds Of Death 1966 Description / Buy
2 Murder Among Children 1967 Description / Buy
3 Wax Apple 1970 Description / Buy
4 A Jade In Aries 1970 Description / Buy
5 Don't Lie To Me 1972 Description / Buy

Order of Sam Holt Series

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1 One Of Us Is Wrong 1986 Description / Buy
2 I Know A Trick Worth Two Of That 1986 Description / Buy
3 What I Tell You Three Times Is False 1987 Description / Buy
4 The Fourth Dimension Is Death 1989 Description / Buy

Order of Alan Grofield Series

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1 The Damsel 1967 Description / Buy
2 The Dame 1969 Description / Buy
3 The Blackbird 1969 Description / Buy
4 Lemons Never Lie 1971 Description / Buy

Order of Donald E Westlake Short Story Collections

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1 A Good Story and Other Stories 1999 Description / Buy
2 Short Stories Collection 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Donald E Westlake Standalone Novels

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1 All My Lovers 1959 Description / Buy
2 Sally 1959 Description / Buy
3 Man Hungry 1959 Description / Buy
4 Virgin's Summer 1960 Description / Buy
5 All about Annette 1960 Description / Buy
6 SO WILLING. 1960 Description / Buy
7 The Wife Next Door 1960 Description / Buy
8 The Cutie 1960 Description / Buy
9 Passion's Playthings 1961 Description / Buy
10 Call Me Sinner 1961 Description / Buy
11 Killing Time 1961 Description / Buy
12 Campus Doll 1961 Description / Buy
13 Strange affair. 1962 Description / Buy
14 What Girls Will Do 1962 Description / Buy
15 361 1962 Description / Buy
16 Campus Lovers 1963 Description / Buy
17 Killy 1963 Description / Buy
18 The Fugitive Pigeon 1965 Description / Buy
19 Brother and Sister 1965 Description / Buy
20 Spy in the Ointment 1966 Description / Buy
21 Just One of Those Days 1966 Description / Buy
22 Philip 1967 Description / Buy
23 The Busy Body 1967 Description / Buy
24 God Save the Mark 1967 Description / Buy
25 Up Your Banners 1969 Description / Buy
26 Somebody Owes Me Money 1969 Description / Buy
27 Ex Officio 1970 Description / Buy
28 Adios Scheherazade 1970 Description / Buy
29 I Gave at the Office 1971 Description / Buy
30 Cops and Robbers 1972 Description / Buy
31 Under an English Heaven 1972 Description / Buy
32 Comfort Station 1973 Description / Buy
33 Help, I Am Being Held Prisoner 1974 Description / Buy
34 Gangway! 1974 Description / Buy
35 Two Much 1975 Description / Buy
36 Brothers Keepers 1975 Description / Buy
37 Dancing Aztecs 1976 Description / Buy
38 Enough 1977 Description / Buy
39 Who stole Sassi Manoon? 1980 Description / Buy
40 Castle in the Air 1980 Description / Buy
41 Kahawa 1981 Description / Buy
42 A Likely Story 1984 Description / Buy
43 Levine 1984 Description / Buy
44 A New York Dance 1984 Description / Buy
45 High Adventure 1985 Description / Buy
46 High Jinx 1987 Description / Buy
47 Pity Him Afterwards 1987 Description / Buy
48 Tomorrow's Crimes 1989 Description / Buy
49 Sacred Monster 1989 Description / Buy
50 Anarchaos 1991 Description / Buy
51 Humans 1992 Description / Buy
52 Smoke 1995 Description / Buy
53 Murderous Schemes 1996 Description / Buy
54 The Ax 1997 Description / Buy
55 The Spy in the Elevator 1997 Description / Buy
56 The Risk Profession (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
57 Edgar Award Winners Collection 1999 Description / Buy
58 The Hook 2000 Description / Buy
59 Corkscrew 2000 Description / Buy
60 The Scared Stiff 2001 Description / Buy
61 Put a Lid on It 2002 Description / Buy
62 Money for Nothing 2003 Description / Buy
63 Memory 2010 Description / Buy
64 They Also Serve 2010 Description / Buy
65 Young and Innocent 2011 Description / Buy
66 The Comedy is Finished 2012 Description / Buy
67 Meteor Strike 2012 Description / Buy
68 Look Before You Leap 2016 Description / Buy
69 Man of Action 2016 Description / Buy
70 Forever and a Death 2017 Description / Buy
71 Help I Am Being Held Prisoner 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Donald E Westlake Non-Fiction Books

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1 The Getaway Car 2014 Description / Buy
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Donald E. Westlake was quite a prolific author, writing over a hundred novels. His work was mainly crime fiction, specializing in comic capers; there are some brief forays into other genres, one of which includes science fiction. Westlake released work under his own name and under pen names, the biggest of which is Richard Stark. Under the Stark name, he wrote about Parker, who starred in 28 novels. Other characters he wrote about include Phil Crawford, Dortmunder, Mitchell Tobin, Grofield,Sam Holt, and Sara Joslyn. Dortmunder is the comic flip side of Parker, and once said that a novel he wrote (“The Hot Rock”) was supposed to be a Parker, but kept turning funny. It became book one of the “Dortmunder” series. He also wrote stand alone novels and some short stories. Westlake also wrote some screenplays that include “Cops and Robbers”, “The Stepfather”, and “The Grifters”.

DONALD E. WESTLAKE AWARDS

He is one of three authors to win three Edgar Awards in three categories; in 1968 he won for “God Save the Mark” (best novel), in 1991 for “The Grifters” (best screenplay), and in 1990 for writing “Too Many Crooks” (best short story). The Mystery Writers of America named him a Grand Master, which is their highest honor. Westlake was nominated for an Academy Award for the work he did on “The Grifters” in the best adapted screenplay category.

DONALD E. WESTLAKE BOOKS INTO MOVIES/TV

Many movies have been made based of Westlake’s work. “The Hunter” has twice been made into a movie, once called “Point Blank” (with Lee Marvin playing Walker, who was supposed to be Parker) and the second time it was called “Payback” with Mel Gibson playing Parker but his name was changed to Porter. Jason Statham played Parker in 2013, in a movie that was based off of “Flashfire”. “The Hot Rock” was adapted in 1972, with Robert Redford playing Dortmunder. In 1973, Robert Duvall played Parker (named Macklin in this picture) in “The Outfit”.

BEST DONALD E. WESTLAKE BOOKS

For those readers looking to get into novels by Donald E. Westlake, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “The Hot Rock” and “Bank Shot”.

The Hot Rock: This is the first novel in the “Dortmunder” series and was released in the year 1970. Introducing John Archibald Dortmunder, who does not carry guns, nor does he allow his crew to carry them. After he gets out after his recent stay in jail, he has another score. It is a large gem that is called Balabomo Emerald that has a worth of about half a million dollars. His client on this one is the United Nations ambassador of Talabwo (an African nation). Akinzi currently has the gem, and they are the neighbor of Talabwo. They will get 150,000 in cash when they are able to deliver the stone. All of the planning and preparations go well, as is the execution. But the results of the heist are terrible. That is because Dortmunder has the worst luck of any thief there is.

Bank Shot: This is the second novel in the “Dortmunder” series and was released in the year 1972. John Archibald Dortmunder has been working on a scam selling encyclopedias until he can pull of his next big heist. This newest mark is wise to what is going on, and he has to get out quick. He may have a lead on the next con, the Main Street bank is working out of a mobile home, for just a short time. All he has to do is get past the seven guards and get the bank on wheels rolling and drive off. Simple plan. One that goes wrong.

When Does The Next Donald E Westlake book come out?

Donald E Westlake doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Help I Am Being Held Prisoner and was released on February, 13th 2018.

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