In Memoriam

Friday Jan 30 2009
by Whodunit

Donald Westlake (1933-2008): Westlake was a prolific American author who wrote over 100 crime fiction novels under a number of pseudonyms -- Richard Stark, Edwin West, Tucker Coe were the most prominent.  His work varied from comic to bleak and hardboiled, and frequently served as the basis for film scripts.  At one time or another he won all the mystery writing awards.

John Mortimer (1923-2009):
Mortimer was a British lawyer, playwright, television script writer, and novelist.  As a lawyer he specialized in obscenity cases, including the defence of the Sex Pistols for their use of the term "bollocks" in their album "Never Mind the Bollocks."  As a writer he was best-known for his character Horace Rumpole, who defended criminals innocent and guilty at London's Old Bailey on radio, TV, and in books.

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