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Subject: Mystery writer Donald Westlake dead at age 75

Written By: ninny on 01/02/09 at 8:12 am

Donald Westlake, a prolific author considered one of the most successful and versatile mystery writers in the United States, has died. He was 75.

Westlake collapsed from an apparent heart attack as he headed to New Year's Eve dinner while vacationing in Mexico, his wife, Abigail, told the New York Times.

In a lengthy career that spanned a half-century, Westlake won three Edgar Awards, an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay "The Grifters" and the title of Grand Master from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993. His first novel, "The Mercenaries," was published by Random House in 1960.

Westlake wrote more than 90 books - mostly on a typewriter. Aside from his own name, he also used several pseudonyms - including Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, Samuel Holt and Edwin West - in part because people didn't believe he could write so much so quickly.

Westlake continued to write until he died. His latest novel, "Get Real," is scheduled to be released in April 2009

Subject: Re: Mystery writer Donald Westlake dead at age 75

Written By: danootaandme on 01/02/09 at 1:18 pm

The Grifters is brilliant.  RIP  :\'(

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