Grofield reprint covers revealed

Sort of fooled ya there. The above image is not one of the covers. It was rejected, and I can see why. I really like it, but it doesn’t fit the book at all.

You can see the actual covers for the upcoming University of Chicago Press reprints, as well as some other rejected […]

News for week ending 2011-10-29

Open Road has re-released several Donald Westlake novels as e-books, including some that are out of print in paper. # Neal Pollack takes a look at the Parker series in the LA Review of Books # Sarah Weinman will pen the intros to the upcoming University of Chicago Grofield reprints. Another […]

Richard Stark’s Parker novels: the US Fawcett Gold Medal and UK Hodder Fawcett Coronet paperback editions, 1967-9

Earlier in the week, at the end of this post on the review slip in Jeffrey Goodman’s copy of the 1967 Gold Medal edition of Point Blank!, I mentioned that seeing that review slip helped me make a connection that answered a question I’d been pondering for a while, and that as a […]

Point Blank! by Richard Stark: the 1967 Fawcett Gold Medal edition (slight return)

Just a (not so) brief follow-up to my examination of the 1967 Fawcett Gold Medal edition of Point Blank! (retitled from The Hunter). If you’ve seen the comments on that post, you’ll know that TVWoP regular Jeffrey Goodman mentioned he had in his possession a piece of paraphernalia related to the […]

Westlake Score: Point Blank! by Richard Stark; Fawcett Gold Medal, 1967

Here’s a Westlake Score which has been the cause of a certain amount of consternation and confusion over the years, due to it being misidentified as an earlier edition of Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake’s debut Parker outing. What it actually is, in fact, is the 1967 Fawcett Gold Medal printing of The Hunter—which […]

News for week ending 2011-10-15

Congratulations from The Violent World of Parker to Donald Westlake's son, Paul, on the occasion of his wedding. #

Westlake Double Score: Killtown and The Score by Richard Stark (Parker #5, Berkley, 1973 / Avon, 1984)

I should probably apologise in advance for the essentially pointless nature of this post, but if nothing else it’ll afford a glimpse into my diseased, obsessive psyche…

This latest Westlake Score—or, more accurately, and as the title of this post suggests, Double Score—came from two separate British eBay sellers who coincidentally listed different […]

Young and Innocent: Another rare Donald Westlake title returns to print! (Also, some other stuff)

Let me get this out of the way first–while co-blogger Nick continues to deliver the goods, you may have noticed that your humble webmaster (me) seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. This is because the contract gig I’ve been working is nearing its end, so it’s back to the […]

Richard Stark’s Parker novels: the British Gold Lion editions

Always nice to start the week with a massive pistol, I find.

Now, chances are, you won’t have seen this particular Parker cover before. It’s a hardback-with-dustjacket, it dates from 1973, and it’s one of three Parker novels issued by the same publisher in that year which, together, rank among the most elusive—and […]