Donald Westlake dies at 75
A prolific author of more than 90 books Donald Westlake wrote under a multitude of pseudonyms including Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, Samuel Holt, Edwin West and J. Morgan Cunningham. Westlake was given Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America for best novel, “God Save the Mark,” in 1968; best short story, “Too Many Crooks,” in 1990; and for the screenplay for “The Grifters” in 1991. In 1993, he was awarded the title of Grand Master, the organization’s highest honor.
He was well known for his wit, even blurbing himself on the back of one of his pseudonyms titles, as well as his personal library where he kept a copy of each of the books that he wrote, including English and foreign-language editions.
Donald E. Westlake died at age 75 from a heart attack on New Years Eve according to the New York Times