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Foreword by Lawrence Block Editor's Introduction 1 My Second Life: Fragments from an Autobiography 2 Donald E. Westlake, a.k.a... Hearing Voices in My Head: Tucker Coe, Timothy J. Culver, Richard Stark and Donald E. Westlake Living with a Mystery Writer, by Abby Adams Writers on Writing: A Pseudonym Returns From an Alter-Ego Trip, With New Tales to Tell 3 So Tell Me about This Job We're Gonna Pull: On Genre The Hardboiled Dicks Introduction to Murderous Schemes Introduction to The Best American Mystery Stories, 2000 Don't Call Us, We'll Call You 4 Ten Most Wanted: Ten Favorite Mystery Books 5 Returning to the Scene of the Crime: On His Own Work Introduction to Levine Tangled Webs for Sale: Best Offer Introduction to Kahawa Light Hooked Letter to Howard B. Gotlieb, Boston University Libraries 6 Lunch Break: May's Famous Tuna Casserole 7 The Other Guys in the String: Peers, Favorites, and Influences Lawrence Block: First Sighting On Peter Rabe Playing Politics with a Master of Dialogue: On George V. Higgins On Rex Stout Introduction to Jack Ritchie's A New Leaf and Other Stories Foreword to Thurber on Crime Introduction to Charles Willeford's The Way We Die Now On Stephen Frears John D. MacDonald: A Remembrance 8 Coffee Break: Letter to Ray Broekel 9 Anything You Say May Be Used against You: Interviews An Inside Look at Donald Westlake, by Albert Nussbaum, 81332-132 The Worst Happens: From an Interview by Patrick McGilligan 10 Midnight Snack: Gustatory Notes from All Over 11 Side Jobs: Prison Breaks, Movie Mobsters, and Radio Comedy Break-Out Love Stuff, Cops-and-Robbers Style Send In the Goons 12 Signed Confessions: Letters To Judy ? To Peter Gruber To James Hale To Stephen and Tabitha King To Brian Garfield To David Ramus To Pam Vesey To Gary Salt To Henry Morrison To Jon L. Breen 13 Jobs Never Pulled: Title Ideas Crime Titles Comic Crime Titles 14 Death Row (Or, The Happily Ever Afterlife): Letter to Ralph L. Woods Acknowledgments Credits Name Index
Donald E. Westlake (1933 - 2008) was a prolific author of crime fiction. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society's highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master. Levi Stahl is the promotions director of the University of Chicago Press.
"Westlake was a treasure and a delight to read - the man was incapable of writing a paragraph without being witty and memorable and wise - and Westlake on Westlake is enjoyable in the extreme." -Charles Ardai "Stahl has done a superb job of ... separating the best of the wheat from the rest of the wheat - Don didn't do chaff - and organizing and notating the result." -Lawrence Block, from the forward