Donald Westlake (Estate)
A hugely successful American writer specialising in crime fiction, Donald Westlake (1933-2008) was born in Brooklyn, New York, attended Harpur College in Binghamton, New York State, and was part of the United States Air Force for two and a half years. Several of Westlake’s novels have been made into motion pictures, and he was himself a screenplay writer. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his script The Grifters, written in 1990, adapted from the novel by Jim Thompson. Donald Westlake also published under several pseudonyms, Richard Stark and the Parker series being the most prominent. Donald Westlake won three Edgar Awards and was named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. He married Abigail Westlake, a non-fiction writer, and they lived in Manhattan for many years, then in upstate New York.
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