Although it would be the concluding volume of the Sam Holt series, the novel THE FOURTH DIMENSION IS DEATH was originally conceived as the kickoff of another trio in the series. When the publisher’s sales team messed up and revealed Westlake as the author behind the pseudonym on publication of the first book, “Samuel Holt […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE FOURTH DIMENSION IS DEATH"
Where do I go from here? That seems to be a driving question behind some of Westlake’s novels. I wonder if that was the very thing he asked himself before sitting down to a new standalone project. It certainly fits with SACRED MONSTER, which blends a few of the themes and topics he had been […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: SACRED MONSTER"
There is a house in Maine, you see. Called Spindrift House on the shore. It’s been the ruin of many an investigator. Oh my, here comes some more . . . IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE is the latest novella from Mira Grant, made available as a limited edition hardcover edition as well as […]Read more "JINKIES!: MIRA GRANT’S IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE"
Following the first three volumes of a new mystery/suspense series under the Sam Holt name, Westlake decided to try something different under his own name. He wrote a strong, sassy female tabloid reporter as the protagonist for a novel about truth, lies, and the gray spaces between in TRUST ME ON THIS. When Sara Joslyn […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: TRUST ME ON THIS"
Synopsis: Following a massive earthquake strong enough to break off LA from the continent and Christian fundamentalism’s rise to take over US government, America becomes a proud, pious utopia (or a dystopia to those who aren’t buying in to that particular form of Christianity). An elected for life President (Cliff Robertson) rules the nation with […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAY: ESCAPE FROM LA"
Synopsis: Where do I even begin to describe what happens in this flick? We open with an extended short film about a man called Swaz robbing a bank with a kid because his wife is in the hospital and he needs the money, and then fleeing but not quite getting away from hordes of police […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: BAD BLACK"
Hot on the heels of the first two volumes in Donald E. Westlake’s Sam Holt series comes the third work, a mystery that plays with the sorts of expectations readers might have for cozy mysteries, those that bring an amateur sleuth to a remote locale and then poses seemingly impossible crimes for them to solve […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: WHAT I TELL YOU THREE TIMES IS FALSE"