DONALD E. WESTLAKE PAPERBACKS

1. Writing as Donald E. Westlake

THE MERCENARIES, 1960

As THE SMASHERS – Dell F176, 1962. First PB. Cover illustration by Clark Hulings

Donald E. Westlake was born in Brooklyn in 1933 and died in Mexico in 2008. He was a world-class mystery writer who won Edgar Awards for Best Novel, Best Short Story, Best Screenplay and the Grand Master Award. The Mystery Writers don't pass those Grand Masters out lightly, and they were right on target when they named Westlake as one of the very best.

. As THE SMASHERS – Four Square 869, 1963. First UK PB. Photo cover.

I have been lucky enough to meet and talk with many authors I admire in my life as a bookseller and researcher. Don Westlake was always extremely kind to me, answering my intrusive questions by letter or, later, e-mail. He once told me trying to figure out who wrote which Alan Marshall Nightstand was like “trying to push a stone up a mountainside with your nose.”  He was always a gentleman and usually quite funny, obviously very sharp. I truly miss him.

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THE MERCENARIES – Penguin 2453, 1970. Second UK PB. Photo cover.

Carroll & Graf, 1991. Not shown.

(This list showcases vintage paperbacks only, most of those more recent editions are not shown here. Since the Hard Case Crime books are published in the vintage spirit with those wonderful painted covers, they will be a notable exception.)

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As THE CUTIE – Hard Case Crime HCC053, 2009. Cover by Ken Laager.

KILLING TIME, 1961

As THE OPERATOR, Dell 6698, 1964. Cover illustration by Mort Engle. Hardboiled. 

Penguin 2473, 1966. First UK PB.

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Ballantine 02604, 1972.

Charter 44390, 1980.

361, 1962

Penguin 2588, 1967. First UK PB.

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Hard Case Crime HCC009, 2005, Cover by R.B. Farrell.

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KILLY, 1963

Penguin C2578, 1967. No US paperback.

PITY HIM AFTERWARDS, 1964

Penguin 003148, 1970. Cover design by Paul May.

Not printed in US paperback until a Carroll & Graf edition in 1996.

THE FUGITIVE PIGEON, 1965.

Dell 2774, 1968. First PB.

Author's first comic crime novel

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Ballantine 02458, 1971.

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Charter 25800-X, 1977.

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THE BUSY BODY. 1966.

Lancer 73-591, 1967. Movie tie-in. Cover art by Frank Frazetta, from the movie poster.

Penguin 2718, 1967. Movie tie-in.

Ballantine 024490, 1971.   

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Charter 68555-5, no date.

THE SPY IN THE OINTMENT, 1966

Lancer 73-657, 1967. Photo cover.

Ballantine 02603, 1972.

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Charter 77860-7, 1980.

GOD SAVE THE MARK, 1967

Signet T3625, 1968.

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Signet Q5593, 1973.

Charter 29515-0, 1979.

WHO STOLE SASSI MANOON? 1968.

Charter, 88592-6, 1976. First PB.

Cover art by Marine?

THE CURIOUS FACTS PRECEDING MY EXECUTION and other fictions, 1968

Ballantine 03307, 1973. First PB. Cover photo by Roger Phillips.

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SOMEBODY OWES ME MONEY, 1969

Signet Q4800, 1971. First PB. Photo cover.

Coronet 15483, 1972. First UK PB. Photo cover.

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Hard Case Crime HCC044, 2008. Cover by Michael Koelsch.

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UP YOUR BANNERS, 1969.

Lancer 75156, 1970. First PB. Cover art by Schaumann.

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Coronet 15481, 1972. First UK PB.

THE HOT ROCK, 1970.

Pocket 77324, 1971. Photo cover. The first book in the Dortmunder series.

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Coronet 15492, 1972. UK Movie tie-in with photo cover.

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Pocket 77421, 1972. Movie tie-in with photo cover.

ADIOS, SCHEHERAZADE, 1970.

Signet Q4802, 1971.

I don't have the space or resources to show all of the many fine foreign editions of Don's books. Many of them can be viewed on the donaldwestlake.com website. But there are some amazing foreign covers for this book, capturing the spirit the American paperback missed, and one or two of my favorites can be spotted illustrating this site.

I GAVE AT THE OFFICE, 1971

Pocket 77504, 1972. First PB.

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BANK SHOT, 1972

Pocket 77643, 1973. First PB. The second Dortmunder caper.

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Pocket 77643, 1974. Fifth printing is the movie tie-in edition with cover art by Jack Davis from the movie poster.

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Coronet 18997, 1974. Movie tie-in with photo cover.

COPS AND ROBBERS, 1972.

Signet Y5462, 1973. First PB. Movie tie-in.

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Signet Y5892, 1973. Fourth printing, new movie tie-in edition.

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Coronet 17839, 1973. First UK PB.

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GANGWAY!, 1973. With Brian Garfield.

Futura 07222, 1975. First UK PB. No US PB.

HELP, I AM BEING HELD PRISONER, 1974.

Ballantine, 24426, 1975. First PB.

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Coronet 20755, 1976.

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JIMMY THE KID, 1974.

Ballantine 24650, 1976. First PB. The third Dortmunder book.

Coronet 21823, 1977. First UK PB.

The Large Print edition, Curley 1984, shown below, features a mock-up cover for the imaginary Richard Stark book CHILD HEIST.

BROTHERS KEEPERS, 1975.

Fawcett Crest 2-2962, 1976. First PB. Cover art by Morgan Kane.

Coronet 24508, 1980. First UK PB. Cover design by David Cox Studios.

TWO MUCH, 1975.

Fawcett Crest X2750, 1976. Cover art by Morgan Kane.

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Coronet 22949, 1978. First UK PB.

DANCING AZTECS, 1976.

Fawcett Crest 2-3395, 1977. First PB. Cover art by Charles Gehm.

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As A NEW YORK DANCE, Coronet 33026, 1984.

ENOUGH, 1977.

Fawcett Crest 2-3768, 1978. First PB. Cover art by Charles Gehm.

NOBODY'S PERFECT, 1977.

Fawcett Crest 2-3909, 1979. First PB. The fourth book in the Dortmunder Gang series. Cover art by Charles Gehm.

Coronet 26677, 1981. First UK PB.

CASTLE IN THE AIR, 1980.

Fawcett Crest 2-4382, 1981. First PB.

KAHAWA, 1981.

Tor, 51050, 1984. First PB.

First UK PB is a 1988 Star, not seen.

WHY ME?, 1983.

Tor 51052, 1985. First PB. The fifth Dortmunder comic crime caper.

(First UK PB is a 1984 Futura, uniform edition with THE HOT ROCK and BANK SHOT, not shown.)

A LIKELY STORY, 1984.

Tor 51058, 1986. First PB. 

LEVINE, 1984.

Tor 51054, 1985. First PB. 

HIGH ADVENTURE, 1985.

Tor 51056, 1986. First PB.

GOOD BEHAVIOR, 1985.

Tor 51060, 1988. First PB. The sixth Dortmunder heist.  

TRUST ME ON THIS, 1988.

Mysterious Press 40807, 1989. First PB.

Mysterious Press books were published by Warner Books.

TOMORROW'S CRIMES, 1989.

 Mysterious Press 40917, 1990. First PB. Collection of Westlake's science fiction including ANARCHAOS. (See Writing as Curt Clark.)

SACRED MONSTER, 1989.

Mysterious Press 40886, 1990. First PB.

DROWNED HOPES, 1990.

Mysterious Press 40006, 1991. First PB. The seventh Dortmunder novel.

THE PERFECT MURDER, 1991.

Harper 109115, 1992. First PB. By Lawrence Block, Sarah Caudwell, Tony Hillerman, Peter Lovesay & Donald E. Westlake, with Jack Hitt. 

HUMANS, 1992.

Mysterious Press 40094, 1993. First PB.

DON'T ASK, 1993.

Mysterious Press 40095, 1994. First PB. The eighth Dortmunder comic thriller.

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BABY, WOULD I LIE? 1994.

Mysterious Press 40342, 1995. First PB. 

SMOKE, 1995.

Mysterious Press 40344, 1996. First PB.

WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? 1996.

Warner Books 60471, 1997. First PB. The ninth Dortmunder story.

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THE AX, 1997.

Warner Books 60608, 1998. First PB.

A GOOD STORY, 1999.

IPL 82035, 2000. First PB. Trade paperback. Anthology.

THE HOOK, 2000.

Warner Books 60956, 2001.

Published in UK hardcover as CORKSCREW, 2000. The Ulverscroft Large Print Edition, 2002, is shown below.

BAD NEWS, 2001.

Warner Books 61084, 2002. The tenth Dortmunder.

PUT A LID ON IT, 2002.

Warner 61205, 2003. First PB.

MONEY FOR NOTHING, 2003.

Warner 61378, 2004. First PB.

THIEVES' DOZEN – Grand Central 69302, PBO 2004. Trade paperback.

All of the Dortmunder short stories collected in one volume.

THE ROAD TO RUIN, 2004.

Grand Central 40022, 2005. First PB. The twelfth Dortmunder. Published twenty days after THIEVES DOZEN. Some people call this Dortmunder 11 but since THIEVES' DOZEN is all Dortmunder I say it is #12.

WATCH YOUR BACK! 2005

Grand Central 61712, 2006. First PB. Dortmunder 13.

WHAT'S SO FUNNY? 2007

Grand Central 40115, 2008. First PB. Dortmunder 14.

GET REAL, 2009

Grand Central 56663, 2010. First PB. Dortmunder 15.

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MEMORY – Hard Case Crime HCC064, PBO 2010. Cover by Glen Orbik.

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HELLCATS AND HONEYGIRLS, 2010

With Lawrence Block. Subterranean Press.  With new introduction by Lawrence Block.

Jacket illustration by Glenn Orbik.

This is a hardcover and is included here because it collected three paperback originals. See “writing as Alan Marshall” and “writing as Andrew Shaw” for more information on the three books: A GIRL CALLED HONEY, SO WILLING and SIN HELLCAT.

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THE COMEDY IS FINISHED, 2012.

Hard Case Crime HCC105, 2014. First PB. The mass-market paperback edition has the same Gregory Manchess cover art as the hardcover

PSEUDONYMS

1. Writing as Alan Marshall

ALL MY LOVERS – Midwood 15, PBO (Paper Back Original) 1959. Author's first book. Cover art by Ron Lesser.

Midwood 129, 1961. Second printing, same cover.

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Midwood 33-855, 1967. Third printing, new cover art by Jerome Podwil.

Stag SP186, 1969. Australian edition, not shown.

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BACKSTAGE LOVE – Midwood 17, PBO 1959. The first of three books about summer stock actor Phil Crawford.

Cover art by Paul Rader.

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As APPRENTICE VIRGIN, Midwood 149, 1962. Retitled second printing. New cover by Rudy Nappi.

MAN HUNGRY – Midwood 20, 1959.

Cover art by Paul Rader.

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Midwood 147, 1962. Second printing.

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Midwood 33-884, 1967. Third printing.

Cover art by George Alvara.

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SALLY – Midwood 22, PBO. 1959. Cover art by Paul Rader.

Midwood 62, 1960. Second printing uses same cover.

ALL THE GIRLS WERE WILLING – Midwood 28, PBO 1960. Cover art by Paul Rader. The second book in the Phil Crawford trilogy. (See SIN PROWL for the third.)

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As WHAT GIRLS WILL DO, Midwood 166, 1962. Second printing has new title, new cover art.

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THE WIFE NEXT DOOR – Midwood 31, PBO 1960.

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VIRGIN'S SUMMER – Midwood 36, PBO 1960. Cover art by Paul Rader.

A GIRL CALLED HONEY – with Sheldon Lord, Midwood 41, PBO 1960.Cover art by Paul Rader.

First of three collaborations with Lawrence Block. See HELLCATS & HONEYGIRLS.

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SO WILLING – with Sheldon Lord, Midwood 48, PBO. 1960. Second of three collaborations with Lawrence Block. See HELLCATS & HONEYGIRLS and SIN HELLCAT.

Cover by unknown artist.

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ALL ABOUT ANNETTE – Midwood 51, PBO 1960.

Westlake's tenth Midwood Marshall. He always said he wrote ten, all later Alan Marshall Midwoods were written by other writers. 

One of the characters here is a writer named Larry Lord.

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CALL ME SINNER – Nightstand NB1581, PBO 1961.

Westlake's first book for Nightstand publisher William Hamling was a John Dexter (see NO LONGER A VIRGIN). From his next book on he used his pen name from Midwood, Alan Marshall. Many of the early Alan Marshalls were ghost-written by other writers. Only the titles confirmed by Mr. Westlake himself appear on this list The first Nightstand Marshall is SIN RESORT, NB1580, ghosted by Nedra Westlake. The next one, CALL ME SINNER, is by Donald E. Westlake. All the other Nightstands were ghosted.

As LESS THAN AN ANGEL by Allen Mansfield, Reed Nightstand 4015, 1974.

Hamling reprinted the first 100 Nightstands, often changing not only the title but the pen name byline too. Westlake was not aware his Alan Marshall books, like this version of CALL ME SINNER, had been reprinted until many years later. 

Cover art by Ed Smith.

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OFF LIMITS – Bedside 1202, PBO 1962.

Westlake had served in the Air Force, and USAF base settings show up in some of his books, like this one and THE GREEN EAGLE SCORE.

THE SIN DRIFTER - Bedside 1218, PBO 1962.  After 1962 he was too busy writing as Richard Stark and writing under his own name for Random House. Alan Marshall then became a house name at Nightstand and Westlake had nothing to do with it. Booksellers who offer you 1967 sleaze books by Alan Marshall as Westlakes are sorely mistaken. 

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SIN PROWL – Evening Reader ER708, PBO 1963.

The third book in the Phil Crawford trilogy (see BACKSTAGE LOVE and ALL THE GIRLS WERE WILLING in the Midwood section).

PASSION DOLL – Sundown Reader SR528, PBO 1964.

PASSION DOLL gets mentioned a couple times in Westlake's books. It is one of the books the bank guards are reading in BANK SHOT (all the books they have are Westlakes, all are on this list). And it is the title of one of the movies playing at the Mature Art Theatre in BUTCHER'S MOON. The other title on the marquee is MAN HUNGRY.

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THE SIN LOSERS – Idle Hour IH465, PBO 1965.

We know Westlake wrote these in 1961-62, but according to editor Earl Kemp manuscripts would get tossed in a “slush pile”; and later an editor would pull one out and go to work on it. By 1964, after some court case scares, Hamling changed the publishing names on his books to new lines like Evening Reader and Sundown Reader. (There are no 1964 Nightstands, although after the court case hubbub died down Nightstands would resume in 1965.)

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2. Writing as John Dexter

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NO LONGER A VIRGIN – Nightstand 1513, 1960. Westlake's first book for publisher William Hamling was the first book under the byline John Dexter. After this he used his Midwood pen name Alan Marshall, and John Dexter quickly became a house name shared by countless writers.

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As BORN TO BE BAD, Reed Nightstand 3013, 1973. Early Nightstands were reprinted, often with new titles and editorial updates, as Reed Nightstands in 1973 and 74. On the first few titles, the cover art was copied but updated (often by Ed Smith) for a 70's audience.  

3. Writing as Edwin West

YOUNG AND INNOCENT Monarch 165, 1960. Cover by Robert Maguire.

Reprinted as Monarch 410 in 1964.

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CAMPUS DOLL – Monarch 189, 1961. Cover art by Tom Miller.

Reprinted as Monarch 485 in 1964.

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BROTHER AND SISTER – Monarch 199, 1961.

Cover art by Harry Schaare.

Reprinted as Monarch 497 in 1964.

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STRANGE AFFAIR – Monarch 232, 1962. Cover art by Harry Schaare.

CAMPUS LOVERS – Monarch 334, 1963. Cover painting by Tom Miller.

4. Writing as John B. Allan

ELIZABETH TAYLOR - Monarch K55, 1961.

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5. Writing as Richard Stark

THE HUNTER – Perma M4272, PBO 1962. First book in the Parker series. Cover by Harry Bennett.

My Dad's favorite writers included hardboiled Richard Stark and comic crime writer Donald E. Westlake. He was surprised to learn they were both the same person.

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As POINT BLANK!  Fawcett d1856, 1967. Cover by Robert McGinnis.

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Berkley 02354, 1973. The Violent World of Parker #2.

Cover art for all 7 of THE VIOLENT WORLD OF PARKER series by Lou Feck. 

Coronet 340 02370 8, 1967. First UK PB. Movie tie-in.

Coronet 340 02370 8, 1970. Second UK PB with new photo cover.

Coronet 340 02370 8, 1972. Third UK PB. Bullet-hole edition. The bullet-hole covers have another front and back cover inside. This edition's inside back cover is the photo of Lee Marvin from the first PB.

Also published as PAYBACK (not shown).

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THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE – Pocket Book 6180, PBO 1963. Cover by Harry Bennett.

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As THE STEEL HIT – Coronet 0 340 15025 4, 1971. First UK PB. Bullet-hole uniform edition.  

THE OUTFIT – Perma M4292, PBO 1963. Cover by Harry Bennett.

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Berkley 02418, 1973. The Violent World of Parker #4. Movie tie-in with photo on back.

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Coronet 0 340 15024 6, 1971. First UK PB.

A later Coronet printing adds the words “Now an explosive film from MGM” to the front cover.

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THE MOURNER – Perma M4298, PBO 1963. Cover by Harry Bennett.

Coronet 0 340 15138 2, 1971. First UK PB.

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THE SCORE – Pocket 35014, PBO 1964. Cover by Harry Bennett.

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As KILLTOWN - Coronet 0340 15136 6, 1971. First UK PB.

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Berkley 02457, 1974. The Violent World of Parker #5.

THE JUGGER- Pocket 50149, PBO 1965.

Cover by Harry Bennett.

Coronet 0 340 15139 0, 1971. First UK PB.

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THE SEVENTH – Pocket 50244, PBO 1966. Cover by Harry Bennett.

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As THE SPLIT - Fawcett Gold Medal D1997, 1968. Cover by Robert McGinnis.

Coronet 340 10875 4, 1969. First UK PB. Movie tie-in with photo cover.

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THE HANDLE – Pocket 50220, PBO 1966. Cover by Harry Bennett.

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As RUN LETHAL - Coronet 0 340 15137 4, 1972. First UK PB.

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Berkley 02479, 1973. The Violent World of Parker #6.

THE DAMSEL, 1967.

Signet P3874, 1969. First PB.

Foul Play Press 0-88150-156-5, 1990.

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THE RARE COIN SCORE – Fawcett Gold Medal d1803, PBO 1967. Cover by Robert McGinnis.

Coronet 0 340 02371 6, 1968. First UK PB.

Coronet 0 340 02371, 6, 1970, Second UK PB, new photo cover.

Coronet 0 340 02371 6, 1972. Third UK PB.

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THE GREEN EAGLE SCORE – Fawcett Gold Medal d19861, PBO 1967. Cover by Robert McGinnis.

Coronet 0 340 04463 2, 1968. First UK PB.

Coronet 0 340 04463 2, 1972. Second UK PB.

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THE BLACK ICE SCORE – Fawcett Gold Medal D1969, PBO 1968. Cover art by Robert McGinnis.

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Berkley 02356, 1973. The Violent World of Parker #3.

Coronet 0 340 10937 8, 1969. First UK PB.

Coronet 0 340 10937 8, 1972. Second UK PB.

THE SOUR LEMON SCORE – Fawcett Gold Medal R2037, PBO 1969. . Cover art by Robert McGinnis.

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Coronet 340 10766 9, 1969. First UK PB.

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THE DAME, 1969

Foul Play Press 0-88150-157-3, 1990. first PB

THE BLACKBIRD, 1969

Foul Play Press 0-88150-175-1, 1990, First PB.

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DEADLY EDGE, Jan 1971.

Coronet 0 340 16223 6, 1972. First UK PB.

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Berkley 02502, 1974. First PB. The Violent World of Parker #7.

LEMONS NEVER LIE, Feb 1971.

Foul Play Press 0-88150-176-X, 1990. First PB.

Hard Case Crime HCC022, 2006. Cover by R.B. Farrell.

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SLAYGROUND, June 1971.

Berkley 02355, 1973. First PB. The Violent World of Parker #1.

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Coronet 0 340 16529 4, 1973. First UK PB.

PLUNDER SQUAD, 1972.

Coronet 0 340 18304 7, 1974. First UK PB.

Avon 0-380-69906-0, 1985.  First US PB

13 long years after PLUNDER SQUAD was published, it finally appeared in an American paperback edition. Avon printed a uniform edition of all 16 of the Parker books by “Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard Stark”.

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BUTCHER'S MOON, 1974.

Coronet 0 340 21968 8, 1977.First UK PB.

The first paperback edition of the 16th Parker (and what appeared to be the last until Parker's comeback in 1997), BUTCHER'S MOON should have been the last of the uniform bullet hole editions. But three years had passed, and Hodder Fawcett chose this photo cover for the book instead. 

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Avon 0-380-09907-9, 1985. First US PB.

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COMEBACK, 1997.

Mysterious Press 0-446-67465-6, 1998.First PB

Twenty-three years after BUTCHER'S MOON, Westlake delighted all Stark fans with a 17th Parker book, COMEBACK. Over the final decade of his life, he blessed us with eight Parker thrillers.  The paperback editions have a matchbook motif. By 1998 mass-market paperbacks were no longer in vogue, and this and all of the following books are in trade paperback format.

Quercus 978-1-84724-276-1, 2007. First UK PB.

The new Richard Stark books were published in Great Britain in a superb set of hardcovers from Robert Hale. A decade after the first publication, COMEBACK appeared in a trade paperback edition from Quercus.

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BACKFLASH, 1998.

Mysterious Press 0-446-67426-1, 1999. First PB.

(Also appeared in the uniform paperback edition from University of Chicago Press in 2011.)

I don't find a UK PB of BACKFLASH, Parker #18. It appeared in an omnibus edition with COMEBACK and FLASHFIRE from Quercus in 2007.

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FLASHFIRE, 2000

Mysterious Press 0-446-67790-6, 2001. First PB

I think that the UK hardcovers by Robert Hale are infinitely more interesting-looking than their later paperback counterparts. By way of example, here is the UK hardcover edition of Parker #19, FLASHFIRE. On the right, Quercus 978-1-84724-210-5, 2007.

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As PARKER, University of Chicago Press 978-0 226-00225-5, 2013. Movie tie-in

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Quercus 978-1-78206-728-3, 2013. UK

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FIREBREAK, 2002

Mysterious Press 0-446-67824-4, 2002. First PB. Parker #20.

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Quercus 978-1-84724-447-5, 2008. First UK PB.

BREAKOUT, 2003

Mysterious Press 0-446-67825-2, 2003.First PB. Parker #21.

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Quercus 978-1-84724-446-8, 2008. First UK PB.

Later printings, like the one shown here, show a movie tie-in ad for PARKER.

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NOBODY RUNS FOREVER, 2004

Parker #22 is the first volume of a trilogy finale. As such you might expect a sharp paperback edition and a beautiful UK paperback for our collection. As of this writing 12 years later that has never happened. There are no NOBODY RUNS FOREVER paperbacks in English – zero -, and that's a shame.

In the meantime the place holder for my own Stark PB collection is this softcover Advance Reading Copy of the 2004 hardcover from Mysterious Press.

The only British edition I have seen to date is this 2004 Robert Hale hardcover. Why is there no UK PB?

ASK THE PARROT, 2006

Quercus 978-1-84724-09809, 2007. First UK PB. To date, this is the only paperback edition of Parker #23.

DIRTY MONEY, 2009

Quercus 978-1-84724-737-7, 2010. First UK PB.

To date, this is the only paperback edition of Parker #24.

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Darwyn Cooke

In 2009 Parker fans started enjoying a new series of graphic novels from IDW Publishing, with the Richard Stark stories adapted by artist Darwyn Cooke. They are appropriately hard-boiled and highly recommended. IDW is also bringing out a new set of hardcover editions of the books, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke.

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6. Writing as Tucker Coe

KINDS OF LOVE, KINDS OF DEATH, 1966.

Signet P4029, 1969. First PB.

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Charter 44467-9, 1979.

Charter books were published by Ace and are sometimes referred to as Ace Charter.

First UK PB is No Exit Press, 1990.

IPL published a trade paperback in 2001.

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MURDER AMONG CHILDREN, 1967.

Signet P4030, 1969.First PB.

?, no date. This rarely-found edition has no publisher name on the covers or inside. There are various theories what this is, my own theory is this is a publisher's dummy for a proposed Charter edition that was, for unknown reasons, never published. I suspect this is the case as there are Charter editions of all four of the other Tucker Coe books.

First UK PB is No Exit Press, 1990.

WAX APPLE, 1970.

Sphere 0 7221 2448 1, 1975. First UK PB

Charter 87397-9, 1979. First US PB

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A JADE IN ARIES, 1970.

Sphere 0 7221 2447 3, 1975. First UK PB.

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Charter 38075-1, 1979. First US PB.

DON'T LIE TO ME, 1972.

Charter 15835-8, 1972. First PB. The fifth and final Mitchell Tobin Mystery.

7. Writing as Curt Clark

ANARCHAOS – Ace F-421, PBO 1966.

Westlake also used the Curt Clark pen name for a science fiction short story. ANARCHAOS was later collected in the anthology TOMORROW'S CRIMES.

8. Writing as Timothy J. Culver

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EX-OFFICIO, 1970.

As POWER PLAY, Dell 7021, 1971. First PB.

9. Writing as J. Morgan Cunningham

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COMFORT STATION – Signet Q5425, PBO 1973.

From the front cover:

“I wish I had written this book!” – Donald E. Westlake.

Hilarious satire on the silly but popular one-setting novels of Arthur Hailey like HOTEL and AIRPORT, COMFORT STATION takes place in a men's room.

10. Writing as Samuel Holt

ONE OF US IS WRONG, 1986.

Tor 50461-5, 1987. First PB. Tor reprinted each of the first three Holts a year or two after the hardcover publication with the same cover photos.

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I KNOW A TRICK WORTH TWO OF THAT, 1986.

Tor 50463-1, 1988. First PB.

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WHAT I TELL YOU THREE TIMES IS FALSE, 1987.

Tor 50465-8, 1988.

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THE FOURTH DIMENSION IS DEATH, 1989.

Donald E. Westlake had a falling out with his publisher Tor about the Samuel Holt series in 1989, and as a result there was no paperback edition of this title until 2006, when all four of the books were reprinted as by Westlake. Sadly, there were no more Samuel Holt books.

Felony & Mayhem 193339756X, 2006. First PB. Trade paperback.

11. Writing as Judson Jack Carmichael

THE SCARED STIFF, 2002.

Carroll & Graf / Otto Penzler Books 77813, 2003. First PB.

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Orion 0752855948, 2003. First UK PB.

Published in the UK as by Donald E. Westlake

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COLLABORATIONS

As Andrew Shaw

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SIN HELLCAT – Nightstand NB1599, PBO 1962. A collaboration with Lawrence Block. See HELLCATS & HONEYGIRLS.

Mr. Block told me they submitted this as “by Andrew Shaw and Alan Marshall”, but Hamling would only publish with one pen name on the book, no matter how many people had worked on each one.

(Note: Since the Alan Marshall pseudonym appears on A GIRL CALLED HONEY and SO WILLING I have chosen to list those two collaborations in the Alan Marshall section.)

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As A PIECE OF THE ACTION – Reed Nightstand 4049, 1974.

When the publisher recycled the first 100 Nightstands in 1973-74 as Reed Nightstands and many of the titles were changed, SIN HELLCAT became A PIECE OF THE ACTION.

As Don Holliday

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LUST TRAIL – Leisure Book LB652, PBO 1964. Collaboration with Hal Dresner, who was the first author to use the Don Holliday pen name.

As Barbara Wilson

THE PLEASURES WE KNOW – Domino 72-774, PBO 1964. A collaboration with Lawrence Janifer.

This rather dull novel seems to be more Janifer than Westlake. The humor of his comic crime capers and the tight plotting of his hardboiled novels are absent here, and this is easily the worst book on this list.

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