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"
This week, Trista K. Robichaud returns to collaborate on a film review. It’s a brand new piece in the spirit of our old Alamo Cinema Massacre column. Welcome back, Trista! Synopsis: Psychology PhD student Dani (Florence Pugh) has relationship problems – she has needy bipolar sister Terri (Klaudia Csányi) and an uncommunicative boyfriend (Jack Reynor) […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: MIDSOMMAR"
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"
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"
According to the introduction for the Felony & Mayhem editions of this series, Westlake took a page from John D. MacDonald when sitting down to write his Sam Holt series. I knew that John D. MacDonald, when he started Travis McGee, wrote the first three books simultaneously, because it was his first attempt at a […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: I KNOW A TRICK WORTH TWO OF THAT"
After a career spent successfully balancing works published under his own name and those published under pseudonym, Westlake found his next series work hampered by a miscommunication with (if not skulduggery from) his publisher. He wanted his new “detective” series to go out under a pseudonym, and although the name on the covers was indeed […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: ONE OF US IS WRONG"
Life intrudes on plans, as they say. While I had every intention of getting a review of Donald E. Westlake’s KAHAWA for this week, it just did not happen. I am immersed in that book at the moment, and will need a bit more time to finish reading it and assemble my thoughts. Instead, this […]Read more "WE ARE STILL HERE: WIDOW’S POINT"