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Book Title: The Fugitive Pigeon|
The author of the book: Donald E. Westlake
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Edition: Mysterious Press
Date of issue: April 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780446401326
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 498 KB
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Early Westlake, 1965. A ne'er-do-well tending bar in a mob joint in Canarsie is shocked when he realizes that the job referred to by two hit men who come in at closing time is him; escaping them by a miracle, he goes on the run to find out why he has been given the black spot. The quest takes him all over the five boroughs in some very odd company and forces him to use resources he didn't know he had.
Not every Westlake is a masterpiece, but any of them will reliably spring you from your quotidian prison cell for a few hours, which is all we need sometimes. He wrote dozens of these, good solid workmanlike thrillers with a simple plot, quirky people and a few twists, recounted in competent and occasionally eloquent prose.
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Read information about the authorDonald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950's, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms such as Richard Stark—but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ruthless criminal named Parker. His writing earned him three Edgar Awards: the 1968 Best Novel award for God Save the Mark; the 1990 Best Short Story award for "Too Many Crooks"; and the 1991 Best Motion Picture Screenplay award for The Grifters. In addition, Westlake also earned a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993.
Westlake's cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books, with stars such as Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson. Westlake wrote several screenplays himself, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of The Grifters, Jim Thompson's noir classic.
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