Happy birthday to Donald Westlake!

Born July 12, 1933.

(Thanks to Peter of the excellent Detectives Beyond Borders for the timely reminder.)

Like having a scorpion in the room: an interview with Darwyn Cooke on Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score

Introduction

Darwyn Cooke does one in-depth interview for each volume in his series of comic book adaptations of Richard Stark’s [pseudonym of Donald Westlake] Parker novels. (Here are the interviews for The Hunter and The Outfit.) For his new one, The Score, he was kind enough to invite The Violent World of Parker to conduct the interview. “I thought it was time I geared whatever big interview I did more towards Don’s [Donald Westlake’s] fans, rather than my own,” he told us.

For better or worse, he got what he asked for. Nick and I managed two conference calls with Darwyn across three countries, three time zones, and two continents.

There are minor spoilers sprinkled throughout, but nothing, I think, that will affect the enjoyment of the reader of either Darwyn’s great adaptation or its source material. (I did remove one major spoiler, although not for this book.)

Thank you for sitting down with us, Darwyn, and thank you for your immense contributions to the violent world of Parker, and to The Violent World of Parker.

Dear reader: Dig in. I think you’ll find it as fascinating as Nick and I did.

Interview

Nick: [Opening after some green room chatter] Speaking of The Score: How was it this time? How did you find it? How did you adapt to it this time out?

Darwyn: There’s sort of a built-in need to find a way to make each one better than the last. That usually adds to stress and anxiety and all sorts of things you can’t control, but the more I work with Parker, the more comfortable it gets. It’s a pretty easy ride now.

I know how I feel about the character and I know how people have reacted to it, so I feel really free just to go ahead with it? And, in every case with Parker I’m just out to please myself. And that happens to be pleasing other people, so that’s great.

I’m never sitting there worrying about what it is I’m doing. It’s just a very comfortable, really gratifying job now.

We’re like old buddies.

Continue reading Like having a scorpion in the room: an interview with Darwyn Cooke on Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score

Tomorrow…

…it’s time I settled The Score.

The Fugees – “The Score”

Books which begat films on Existential Ennui

Just a quick plug for a series of posts over on Existential Ennui—one of which Trent kindly linked in his “News for week ending”—on books which begat perhaps more famous films, some of which may be of interest to Violent World of Parker regulars. I cross-posted one of the earliest missives—on […]

Rest in peace, Ernest Borgnine

What a life.

News for week ending 2012-07-07

Co-blogger Nick at Existential Ennui on Elmore Leonard's Mr. Majestyk: http://t.co/bUVeaUw7 # Kristof Spaey–Fake vintage book covers: http://t.co/QYhnFWsb #

Grab-bag post: Promo for Donald Westlake e-books, Lawrence Block, Parker week at The Sindiecate

Here’s a nice two-minute promo for Donald Westlake’s e-books from Open Road/Mysterious Press, featuring Otto Penzler, Brian Garfield, Lawrence Block, and William Link (Columbo and Murder, She Wrote) speaking Westlake’s praises.

“Meet Donald Westlake”

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Meeting Ethan Iverson

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