Monday, October 20, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week

don’t trust anybody
over thirty
under thirty

          Donald E. Westlake
          “The Hardboiled Dicks”

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week

We all do the best we can, and
sometimes the best we can do is
make a mistake.

          Donald E. Westlake
          unfinished autobiography

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week

She despised men
she could dominate,
but began to think
there was no other kind.

          Thomas Berger
          Sneaky People

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week

A hostage,
was a chance.

          Gil Brewer
          Memory of Passion

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book Review: Donald E. Westlake, Get Real (2009)

The career of John Dortmunder came to an unexpected end with the sudden death of Donald E. Westlake on December 31, 2008. The final novel in the series, Get Real, was published the following year, and it hits a fitting final note. Get Real’s premise, which is both silly and inspired (always a delicate balance in Westlake’s world), finds Dortmunder and crew as stars of a fledgling reality TV show. The novel’s ending (no real spoilers here) has Dortmunder and Andy Kelp walking off into a New York City sunset. Admittedly, I may have imagined the sunset, but having come to the end of this wonderful series, can you blame me? Grade: A-

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week

a figure
a bra

          James Hadley Chase
          No Orchids for Miss Blandish

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week

The secret of great fortunes
without apparent cause
is a crime forgotten,
for it was properly done.

          Honoré de Balzac
          Le Père Goirot
          (translated by Ellen Marriage)