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Legendary Mystery Writer Dead

One of the world’s most successful and revered mystery authors, Donald E. Westlake, died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 75.

Westlake suffered a heart attack on his way to dinner while on vacation in Mexico.

Westlake had a tremendous career, having won three Edgar Awards — the mystery equivalent of the Oscars, given by the Mystery Writers of America — and an Oscar nomination itself for his screenplay The Grifters. He was awarded the title Grand Master from the MWA in 1993. Of the more than 90 novels he wrote, 15 were turned into motion pictures.