Reviews: The Dead Man–Face of Evil (#1) by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin and Ring of Knives (#2) by James Daniels

Dead Man #1: Face of Evil

 

Matt Cahill is having a tough time of it. First, his wife Janey dies from cancer. A year later, he is perhaps willing to entertain the idea of seeing another woman. Their first date is to a ski lodge, where he hits the slopes and is promptly buried by an […]

News for week ending 2012-02-11

Elmore Leonard as journalist–Squad 7 – Impressions of Murder: http://t.co/i7Sn6QhY # Season 1 of Father Dowling Mysteries, pilot episode scripted by Donald Westlake, is now available on DVD: http://t.co/lsbZk9ua # Bill Crider reviews the lost Donald Westlake novel The Comedy is Finished: http://t.co/coO7bwiF # Vince Cosgrove–Long-lost Donald Westlake tape: Redford, Godard, Hammett and […]

Dan J. Marlowe and Earl Drake, 5: collecting the Man with Nobody’s Face, inc. bibliography

(NB: An expanded version of this post, with additional images, can be found on Existential Ennui.)

For Part 1, go here; for Part 2, here; for Part 3, here; and for Part 4, go here.

Dan J. Marlowe‘s final Earl Drake espionage adventure, Operation Counterpunch, appeared in 1976, by which point […]

Dan J. Marlowe and Earl Drake, 4: the Richard Stark and Parker of spy fiction

(NB: This post also appears on Existential Ennui.)

For Part 1, go here; for Part 2, go here; for Part 3, go here.

Much as Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake had done in his eighth Parker novel, The Handle (Pocket Books, 1966), with the third Earl Drake thriller, Operation Fireball (1969), Dan […]

Dan J. Marlowe and Earl Drake, 3: Operation Fireball; from crime thrillers to spy thrillers

(NB: This post also appears on Existential Ennui.)

For Part 1, go here; for Part 2, go here.

The same year as the sophomore Earl Drake adventure, One Endless Hour, appeared, the third Drake outing also hit. And it was here that the template for the remainder of the series began to be […]

Dan J. Marlowe and Earl Drake, 2: One Endless Hour (alias Operation Endless Hour)

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For Part 1, go here.

Seven years after ruthless career criminal (and Parker parallel) Earl Drake made his debut in Dan J. Marlowe‘s violent, twisted The Name of the Game is Death (Gold Medal, 1962), Drake returned to print in a new full-length […]

Dan J. Marlowe and Earl Drake, 1: The Name of the Game is Death (alias Operation Overkill)

(NB: This post also appears on Existential Ennui.)

In 1962, one of America’s leading genre publishers issued a paperback original by an author who’d only been a novelist a few years, but already had a handful of successful, critically praised crime works under his belt. Starring a violent career criminal who operates under […]

The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

I don’t get a lot of free stuff in the mail. When offered, I usually discourage it. Like most of you reading this, I’ve got dozens of books I’ve paid for that I haven’t read yet.

But sometimes packages do arrive uninvited. Today was a day when one did, containing the first two […]

News for week ending 2012-02-04

George Pelecanos reviews the film version of The Outfit: http://t.co/qwzGLQCc # Ethan Iverson, who previously reviewed almost every Donald Westlake novel, looks at lots and lots of Ross Thomas novels http://t.co/9oA74h6x # Co-blogger Nick had an anniversary yesterday, too, featuring (shockingly!) an inscribed UK first-edition hardcover: http://t.co/p4d4UU1X # Dan Stumpf at Mystery*File on […]

The Violent World of Parker’s third anniversary!

Strap yourselves in and get ready to skim. This is going to be a long one.

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I think of the relaunched Violent World of Parker as having been born on New Year’s Day, 2009, the day after Donald Westlake died. But the half-formed results of the relaunch weren’t made public […]