Donald E. Westlake

Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008), with more than a hundred novels and nonfiction books to his credit, was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950s, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a a year under various pseudonyms—but soon began publishing under his own name.   His cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books.