Crime writer Donald E. Westlake has died. He wrote the screenplay of the movie The Grifters. He wrote more than 20 novels under the pseudonym Richard Stark. His most popular creations were the thief Parker and the comic foil John Dortmunder.
RevolutionSF's Mark Finn about the book "High Adventure:" "When I first read the book in the early nineties, I put it down and swore. Loudly. Writers have enough trouble working up one good plot, and Westlake here worked up two."
Finn said, "The thing that I most admired about Westlake was his ability to plot, and plot deftly, without ever a false note or leg pulling. Everything happens in a Westlake novel just so, and you can’t imagine it going down any other way (except maybe in the minds of the characters). I never knew how any Westlake novel was going to turn out. Ever. You can’t see ‘em coming."
Go here for Finn's complete remembrance.