Sacred Monster

Sacred Monster

by Donald E. Westlake

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Prolific Westlake displays yet again the originality that won him an Edgar Award for God Save the Mark and praise for books ranging from deadly thrillers through boffo comics. This novel is organized as a series of film flashbacks and forwards, with movie star Jack Pine speaking to an interviewer, Michael O'Connor. Stoned on drugs, Pine describes how his lifelong friend, Buddy Pal, helped him rise from lean beginnings to the top in Hollywood. A foreboding air pervades the recital of Pine's shameful past; though a habitual user of people, he remains unaware that Pal is using him. Sensing the character's moral rot, the reader is nevertheless seduced by the secrets spilling from Pine's unguarded tongue. Even with prescience, we are floored by the author's ingenious revelation of what happened and by the ultimate impact of O'Connor's role as a interviewer. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
In his own inimitable comic style, full of wit, black humor, and grand gesture, Westlake limns the life of Jack Pine, fabulously wealthy but drug-hazed and slightly mad movie star. As the plot progresses (depending on the current clarity or cloudiness of his mind), Jack delivers a series of carefully orchestrated flashbacks to an interviewer revelatory of his acting career, ex-wives, paternity suits, and ubiquitous best friend/sponge Buddy Pal. The scenes twist bitterly into the present, and the true reasons for the drugs and the interview become clear. Fun and chuckles until the darkly humorous, surprising conclusion to this mystery.-- REK

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Grand Central Publishing
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Meet the Author

DONALD E. WESTLAKE has written numerous novels over the past thirty-five years under his own name and pseudonyms, including Richard Stark. Many of his books have been made into movies, including , which became the brilliant film noir Point Blank, and the 1999 smash hit Payback. He penned the Hollywood scripts for The Stepfather and The Grifters, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The winner of three Edgar awards and a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Donald E. Westlake was presented with The Eye, the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Shamus Awards.

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