Happe New Year to all of you here.
Just came across some sad news, however, as author Donald Westlake has passed away.
A very witty, and prolific, author. (He also wroted under the name Richard Stark, among others). In addition to authoring a gazillion novels, he wrote the screenplay for "The Grifters" and received an Oscar nomination.
And prolific until the day he died, apparently. This NY Times write up concludes with these lines:
"He was writing all the way till he passed away. His next novel, “Get Real,” is scheduled to be released in April 2009."