Robert Redford did a great job
portraying Dortmunder in
"The Hot Rock", 1972.
Every year I anxiously awaited Donald Westlake’s new caper book. Every year, I’d buy it as soon as it hit the shelves, dig in immediately, and was never disappointed. Unfortunately Westlake passed away on December 31, 2008, and the world lost a true original.
Westlake wrote in different styles under various names – Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, Samuel Holt, Edwin West…... He wrote screenplays, his books were made into films, and he won all kinds of awards. But, this isn’t a bio on Westlake. There are plenty all over the web. This is just a, well, I dunno. I just miss him, that’s all.
If you’ve never read Donald Westlake and you decide to dive in, you’re in for a treat. I'll soon be starting to read them all over again. Or maybe, one a year, just as if I was reading them for the first time.