Monday, 30 July 2012

Point Blank by Richard Stark (Allison & Busby, 2001): Double-Signed Edition

NB: A version of this post also appears on The Violent World of Parker blog.

This week I'll have another selection of signed books for you to gaze upon (or possibly ignore, depending on your mood) – both fiction and non-fiction – along with another Westlake Score-and-review, this one even more exciting than last week's (well, to me, anyway). But before we get stuck into all that, and since we're on the subject of signed editions, here's a quick plug for a friend of mine's in-progress eBay auction. The book under the hammer isn't, as editions go, especially notable:

A 2001 Allison & Busby paperback of Point Blank (originally titled The Hunter) by Richard Stark, alias, of course, Donald E. Westlake. But what's remarkable about this particular copy are the signatures within:

It bears the John Hancocks of both Westlake and the director of the Lee Marvin-starring movie adaptation of Point Blank, John Boorman, making it, to my knowledge, the only item – book or otherwise – currently for sale online bearing both their signatures.

You can read how my friend came into possession of the book on his excellent blog, The Accidental Bookshop – and no, before you ask, I don't have any kind of stake in the eBay auction; I'd be bidding myself if I didn't already own far too many signed Westlake novels. (I will, however, be eBaying some of my books – Westlake and non-Westlake – down the line sometime, at which point I will be plugging the living bejeezus out of the buggers.)

Right then: back to my signed editions...

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