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Donald E. Westlake

Born: Jul 12, 1933

Death: Dec 31, 2008

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Donald E. Westlake

Date of Birth : Jul 12, 1933
Date of Death : Dec 31, 2008
Birth Place : Brooklyn

Donald Edwin Westlake 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 three writers to win Edgars in three different categories. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America named Westlake a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by the society.


  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Author
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • The Neil Simon of the Crime Novel
  • Richard Stark
  • Judson Jack Carmichael
  • Ben Christopher
  • John Dexter
  • Donald Edwin Edmund Westlake
  • Sheldon Lord
  • Samuel Holt
  • James Blue
  • John B. Allan
  • Neil Simon
  • Donald Westlake
  • Edwin West
  • Timothy J. Culver
  • Alan Marshall
  • Tucker Coe
  • Don Holliday
  • Andrew Shaw
  • Donald Edwin Westlake
  • J. Morgan Cunningham
  • Alan Marsh
  • Curt Clark
  • P.N. Castor


  • Lillian Westlake
  • Albert Westlake


  • Sandra Foley
  • Abigail Adams Westlake
  • Nedra Henderson

Awards Won

  • Edgar Award for Best Novel
  • Edgar Award for Best Short Story
  • Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
  • Edgar Grand Master Award
  • Ian McLellan Hunter Award
  • THE EYE – Lifetime Achievement Award
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