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Donald Westlake (writing as Samuel Holt)

Donald Edwin Westlake (1933-2008) was an award-winning American writer of over one hundred fiction and non-fiction titles, many of them comic mysteries. He is best-known for the Dortmunder and Parker series (the latter written under the pen name of Richard Stark), and has written under many pen names, including Samuel Holt, the pseudonym he created for the four Sam Holt mysteries he published in the 1980s. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, Westlake is a three-time Edgar winner in three different categories, including for Best Motion Picture screenplay for The Grifters.