Nobody gets everything…

Nobody gets everything in this life. You decide your priorities and you make your choices. I’d decided long ago that any cake I had would be eaten.

– Donald E. Westlake


born in Brooklyn, New York , The United States July 12, 1933
died: December 31, 2008
gender: male
genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950’s, churning out novels for pulp housesβ€”often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms such as Richard Starkβ€”but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ruthless criminal named Parker. His writing earned him three Edgar Awards: the 1968 Best Novel award for God Save the Mark; the 1990 Best Short Story award for “Too Many Crooks”; and the 1991 Best Motion Picture Screenplay award for The Grifters. In addition, Westlake also earned a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993.

Westlake’s cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books, with stars such as Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson. Westlake wrote several screenplays himself, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of The Grifters, Jim Thompson’s noir classic.


19 thoughts on “Nobody gets everything…

  1. July 12, 1933: A prolific writer of crime capers, Donald Westlake was born in Brooklyn, New York, 80 years ago today. πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you for always sharing all those insightful and inspiring words by famous people in your lovely blog!

    Love reading them and getting to know those people.

    Have a lovely weekend ahead, always~ Cheers!! πŸ˜€

  3. I love it. Serious yet humorous!

  4. Nobody gets everything in this life… –not nearly everything. But cake is good πŸ™‚

  5. Well, he can have my cake. Not really fond of cakes. Cookies better. πŸ˜›

  6. πŸ™‚ me too with cookies and ice cream.

  7. I need to keep a running list of writers and books from your blog, Ela. Westlake sounds good!

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