The New York Times is reporting the passing of Donald E. Westlake, in Mexico, at age 75.
Known best for comic mysteries written under his own name and the harder-boiled Parker novels under the pseudonym “Richard Stark,” Westlake had published over 100 novels during a career that spanned half a century. Westlake was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1993.
UPDATE: Sarah Weinman has collected a number of links with more information about author Westlake and his work. In addition, Bookgasm’s short obit includes references to reviews of many Westlake/Stark novels.
READ MORE: “Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008),” by Vince Keenan; “Donald Westlake Dies,” by Peter Rozovsky (Detectives Beyond Borders); “Donald E. Westlake,” by James Reasoner (Rough Edges); “A Don Westlake Pro-File from 2006,” by Ed Gorman; “Wild Westlake” (Pulp International).