Donald E. Westlake

Donald E. Westlake was the author of over a hundred novels and three non-fiction books, including Under an English Heaven. He specialised in crime fiction, and is perhaps best-known for creating two hugely popular criminal characters who featured in long-running and highly successful series: Parker (which Westlake wrote under the pseudonym Richard Stark), and John Dortmunder. Westlake won three Edgar Awards, and in 1993 the Mystery Writers of America named him a Grand Master, the greatest honour given by the organisation. He passed away in 2008.

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