Created by Richard Stark Pseudonym of  Donald Westlake (1933-2008) "I'm only the messenger!" "Now you're the message," Parker told him, and shot him. -- Parker explains the facts of life, in Butcher's Moon Definitely not a private eye. Hell, sometimes he's so cold and ruthless, he's barely human. Maybe a shark, or some other predator? … Continue reading Parker

The Mitch Tobin Series by Tucker Coe (Donald Westlake)

An Overview by Bryan Schingle I am not a huge fan of the books of Donald E. Westlake. But I love the books written by his pseudonyms. I was already an avid fan of the extremely bleak, hard-boiled Parker books that Westlake wrote under the pen name of Richard Stark, featuring a hardened professional criminal. The characters, … Continue reading The Mitch Tobin Series by Tucker Coe (Donald Westlake)

Mitch Tobin

Created by Tucker Coe Pseudonym of Donald Westlake (1933-2008) Guilt? MITCH TOBIN's soaking in it. This unlicensed private eye and disgraced ex-cop appeared in five novels by Donald Westlake (under the pen name of Tucker Coe), and together they make up one of the most interesting and varied private eye series of the sixties. Obsessed and … Continue reading Mitch Tobin

My Scrapbook: “The Exploiters” Magazine Spread

My Scrapbook  "The Exploiters" Magazine Spread Better late than never, I suppose. This is the spread from the February 1968 issue of Men's Only magazine, kicking off an excerpt from Richard Stark's 1962 novel The Hunter (aka Payback), published six years earlier. It was the first of long-running and critically acclaimed series of novels about … Continue reading My Scrapbook: “The Exploiters” Magazine Spread

Writers Say the Darnedest Things

"They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talk about writing or themselves." -- Lillian Hellman "All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, … Continue reading Writers Say the Darnedest Things