And a guy called Richard Stark who did a script for The Grifters. In the early 60s he wrote a clutch of Parker books, the first of them which was the basis of John Boorman’s film Point Blank with Lee Marvin, which is a masterpiece. The Parker books are astonishing because they’re completely without sentimentality of any kind, which is the sin of the hard boiled crime novel.
„Chandler’s novels are so squishy and sentimental, and so are Hammett’s, despite the tough guy stance. What fascinated me about Stark’s books is that straightforward presentation of the world in all its awfulness. Stark started writing them again in the last few years. He’s 84, 85, and he looks and sounds younger than I do, I met him last year.
John Banville in einem Interview aus dem Herbst 2008 bei Blog of Revelations
Bei aller Hochachtung die Banville für Stark hat, ist diese Ignoranz (in Bezug auf Westlake) jetzt Überheblichkeit oder Konzentration auf das Wesentliche ?