Donald Edwin Westlake


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Donald Edwin Westlake (July 12, 1933 – December 31, 2008) was an American writer, with over a hundred novels and non-fiction books to his credit. He specialized in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional foray into science fiction or other genres. He was a three-time Edgar Award winner, one of only two writers (the other is Joe Gores) to win Edgars in three different categories ... more »

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  • ''The grift's like anything else, Roy. You don't sit still. You either go up or down. Usually down, sooner or later.''
    Donald E. Westlake (b. 1933), U.S. screenwriter, and Stephen Frears. Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston), The Grifters (1990). Based on the novel by Ji...
  • A grifter's got an irresistible urge to be the guy who's wise. There's nothin' to whipping a fool. Hell, fools are made to be whipped. But to take another pro. Even your partner, who knows you and has...
    Donald E. Westlake (b. 1933), U.S. screenwriter, and Stephen Frears. Mintz (Eddie Jones), The Grifters, to young Roy Dillon (John Cusack), who is eage...
  • ''Who's a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?''
    Donald E. Westlake (b. 1933), U.S. screenwriter, and Stephen Frears. Roy Dillon (John Cusack), The Grifters (1990). Based on the novel by Jim Thom...
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