Here's a brief celebration of noir literature—a couple of classics by
Richard Stark, who sometimes cops to the alias Donald Westlake*.
Generally speaking, Westlake does the funnier stuff. Not that it's all
funny, mind you, but at least darkly sardonic. Classic caper novels like
the Dortmunder books The Hot Rock and Bank Shot, not to mention The Ax,
The Hook, and so many others. When it's time to get tough, though, then
it's Richard Stark all the way. Here we have two recent Stark releases,