by Donald E. Westlake

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ISBN-13: 9781781161043
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 10/30/2011
Series: Hard Case Crime
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 725,452
File size: 441 KB

About the Author

Donald E. Westlake is widely regarded as one of the great crime writers of the 20th Century. He won three Edgar Awards and was named a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America.  Many of his books have been made into movies; Westlake also wrote the screenplay for The Grifters, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

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Memory 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I couldnt finish it and deleted it from my account. Do not recommend.
BookBindingBobby on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Stunning. A dark and emotional tale of a man who has lost his moorings and is set adrift in a gritty, less-than-empathic modern America.
boladeb87 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A wonderfully prolific writer dies and vultures start going through his cupboards and printing things he wrote as child. It is sad enough that we will never again go along with Dortmunder and Kelp on a comically doomed heist, or go on a gritty. dark story by Richard Stark. It was my fault that I thought this was a book written by the master Westlake became instead of one of his early works. I just wanted one last good-bye!
Wova4 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A long novel by the standards of the Hard Case Crime series, Memory is billed as the last novel by Donald Westlake. It follows the attempts of Paul Cole to attempt to recover his memory after he is beaten and given a concussion.The first half of the novel is actually a pretty strong survival yarn as Paul is stranded in an anonymous town after running out of money. Eventually he makes enough money to come home to New York, and I felt the story really started to stall. It's probably because Cole is a disaster when he doesn't have a concrete goal to work towards. I slugged through his suffering and the indignities of his so-called friends and just about gave up the book.Worse yet is that Cole not only has memory problems, but isn't a very bright character. A couple of times, opportunities dangle themselves and he blithely ignores them. Astoundingly, a Doctor tells him to keep a journal near the end of the novel and he hadn't thought of it. The ending is an awful downer, but IMO, Cole deserved it.
caklr650 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Got this as a selection from the Hard Case Crime Bookclub. It's not really a pulpy noir like I like, but it was good just the same. I guess I could see it as a film noir in the vein of DOA. What was missing was a real ending, you keep waiting for a big ending but it never really comes. Still a satisfying read however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While an impressive piece of writing, there is a lack of dramatic tension, and ultimately a lack of resolution, in this book by one of the 20th century's finest crime novelists. In the end, it really is quite a depressing chronicle of a man's descent into madness. Also, there are a number of small mistakes (grammatical, editorial), which I found distracting.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Traveling with a troupe actor Paul Cole wakes after being comatose for over fifty hours at Memorial Hospital after receiving a vicious beating from the husband who caught him having intercourse with his wife. City Police Lieutenant Murray informs Paul he can press assault charges while the cuckold spouse can counter with adultery; the cop suggests to the actor and the husband to file nothing. With little money and Murray putting him on the bus to leave town, he heads east to New York City where he lives, but has to stop at Jeffords as he lacks the funds to get the rest of the thousand miles or so home. Worse his memory is failing him since he got his brains battered. He needs to build a future, but his past is foggy. He knows he needs to find work to come up with the $33.42 to get home. Unemployment offers him no employment except to check with Jeffords Leather Works who hire the unskilled. He soon learns how difficult it is for a person with a disability to get help from others. Written in the 1960s, once the reader moves past the sticker shock of costs and Murray's crime scenario, readers will relish this powerful still timely tale of a man struggling with memory issues while trying to get home to regroup. Paul is a great central character as he realizes increasingly the consequences of his indiscretion as well as the futility of dealing with people to busy to assist him especially those paid to do so. This is a great look at society through the eyes of a man condemned for life due to one relatively minor gaffe. Harriet Klausner