Erasmus is devastated to read of the unexpected death of one of his popular literary heroes, the great Donald E. Westlake, novelist of the human condition through the medium of comic, crime, and science fiction, and a great satirist (not to mention in his youth one of the Happy Pornographers, cranking out “men’s fiction” under pseudonyms with Lawrence Block, Hal Dresner, et al.). Erasmus had just been wondering why no book had appeared under his famously prolific name in some time and guessed he, not a young man, might have been ill.
Fortunately for Mr. Westlake, he seems to have been in good health until felled by a heart attack on his way to a New Year’s party in Mexico. Even though I’d suspected he might be in poor health, the suddenness of the news is shocking.
Erasmus offers his most profound condolences and sympathy to Mrs. Westlake, their sons, his stepchildren, grandchildren, and sister.