Today in Footnotes


This is a very fine appreciation of the man behind Parker, who shows up yet again on the big screen this week. It includes this beautifully formatted footnote:

A list of Westlake’s most prominent novelistic pseudonyms: Richard Stark (Parker, inspired by the actor Richard Widmark), Alan Marshall (erotica), Edwin West (erotica), Curt Clark (science fiction), Tucker Coe (private-eye series featuring detective Mitch Tobin), and Samuel Holt (about a former TV detective named … Sam Holt). This does not include several more he used for one-shot books and magazine stories, including Ben Christopher and Grace Salacious.

Grace Salacious! Has there ever been a finer pseudonym?


  1. Quin Finnegan says


  2. Quin Finnegan says

    I read a couple of those Dortmunder novels a couple of years back, but not the Parker ones. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Her name’s divine, but she was so hellacious:
    This is the story of a Grace Salacious….

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