The Dame: An Alan Grofield Novel by Richard StarkThe Dame: An Alan Grofield Novel by Richard Stark

The Dame: An Alan Grofield Novel

byRichard Stark

Paperback | April 15, 2012

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Donald E. Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hardboiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists. Using the same nom de plume, Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker. While he shares events and characters with several Parker novels, Grofield is less calculating and more hot-blooded than Parker; think fewer guns, more dames.

Not that there isn’t violence and adventure aplenty. . The Dame finds Grofield in Puerto Rico protecting a rich, demanding woman in her isolated jungle villa, and reluctantly assuming the role of detective. A rare Westlake take on a whodunit, The Dame features a cast of colorful characters and a suspenseful—and memorable—climax.

With a new foreword by Sarah Weinman that situates the Grofield series within Westlake’s work as a whole, this novel is an exciting addition to any crime fiction fan’s library.

Title:The Dame: An Alan Grofield NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.7 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226770397

ISBN - 13:9780226770390

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“Fiercely distracting . . . . Westlake is an expert plotter; and while Parker is a blunt instrument of a human being depicted in rudimentary short grunts of sentences, his take on other characters reveals a writer of great humor and human understanding.”