The Dame

The Dame

Richard Stark / Jun 25, 2019

The Dame Donald E Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction Under the pseudonym Richard Stark he wrote twenty four fast paced hardboiled novels featuring Parker a shrewd career criminal with a talent f

  • Title: The Dame
  • Author: Richard Stark
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  • Page: 196
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  • Donald E Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote twenty four fast paced, hardboiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists Using the same nom de plume, Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker While heDonald E Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote twenty four fast paced, hardboiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists Using the same nom de plume, Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker While he shares events and characters with several Parker novels, Grofield is less calculating and hot blooded than Parker think fewer guns, dames.Not that there isn t violence and adventure aplenty The Dame finds Grofield in Puerto Rico protecting a rich, demanding woman in her isolated jungle villa, and reluctantly assuming the role of detective A rare Westlake take on a whodunit, The Dame features a cast of colorful characters and a suspenseful and memorable climax.With a new foreword by Sarah Weinman that situates the Grofield series within Westlake s work as a whole, this novel is an exciting addition to any crime fiction fan s library.

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        A pseudonym used by Donald E Westlake.


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    1. Alan Grofield first appeared as a character in Richard Stark's excellent series about Parker, the tough-as-nails heist man. Grofield, whose day job was as an actor in small, regional theater groups, moonlighted as a very competent thief. Parker could always depend on Grofield when the two worked together, and Grofield was one of the very few members of the crew that Parker (and the reader) knew would never be the one who screwed things up.Stark (Donald Westlake) ultimately liked the character we [...]


    2. This takes place not long after the island heist in The Handle* & follows Grofield on a fun adventure on Jamaica. The central issue is a who-done-it murder, not something Grofield would normally care about, except the victim's husband is sure that he's it. Interesting characters in tough situations help throw wrenches into the works as Grofield struggles to get free. Great scenery & I loved the way he describes the sudden downpours of the rainy season. He had to have been there.Very well [...]


    3. ★ ★ ★ 1/2Alan Grofield, in his second adventure after spinning out of the world of Parker, seems to get no rest. The Dame takes place right after The Damsel, which closely follows The Handle, where he was seriously injured. He would have been wise to go home, not only because he was flush with money but because accepting an invitation for work without quite knowing what the job might be would require the kind of curiosity that would make Parker scoff. Perhaps that’s why Grofield seems a [...]


    4. Before Missing in Action 2: The Beginning there was The Dame. Once again I am reminded of Loren D. Estleman's intro to Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout. The difficulty of reading a series when there is no number system and the reader jumps right into the rapids.The beauty of Stark/Westlake is that the books can be read in any order with a minimum of confusion simply because they are just so damned entertaining. The Dame (1969) is no exception to this rule. The Dame is the origin story of Alan Grofield [...]


    5. This one is a whodunit and Grofield is the detective ferreting out the killer. He has to as he's the prime suspect and the husband of the dead woman is a hood from the States.Grofield is about to leave mexico after the events of the first novel in the series, THE DAMSEL, when he gets a message from the Central American General, ruler of a small country, whose life he saved offering him a job. Nothing more than that and a plane ticket to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as directions from the airpo [...]


    6. #2 in the Alan Grofield series. Like his sometime partner Parker, Grofield is a crook. He has a money losing small theater in Indiana and resorts to illegal activities to foot the bills. Alan Grofield receives a note from Gen. Pozos suggesting a profitable venture in Puerto Rico. The job turns out to be bodyguard for the estranged wife of a mobster. She winds up dead in a "manor house" setting. The mobster shows up and prepares to kill Grofield, who everyone agrees is the murderer. But someone i [...]


    7. This is a lightweight little novel starring Alan Grofield in his own limited series by Richard Stark. While the character is amusing, the plot is practically non-existant, a mere whodunit set in Puerto Rico. Of the Grofield series so far, The Blackbird is the best. But nothing tops the Parker series.


    8. "Grofield, not knowing what it was all about, got off the plane and walked through the sun into the main terminal buiding."


    9. The Dame is the second of four Alan Grofield novels by Donald Westlake's alter ego, Richard Stark. There are four Grofield novels in all, The Damsel, the Dame, The Blackbird, and Lemons Never Lie. Grofield was a minor character in a couple of Parker novels (specifically the Handle). The Parker series consists of 24 novels about a tough-as-nails thief. Grofield is also a thief, but a different kind of character. Grofield lives in a small midwestern town and his first love is acting. He runs a sma [...]




    10. What is this??? Another book about Grofield . Hell Yeah!One problem though. While Grofield is an interesting supporting character in the Parker series (he provides humor in contrast to the cool calculations of Parker like a Martin and Lewis for criminals), his stand alone series seems to fall a little flat.The first book was fun and cool but the story seemed rushed. This second entry felt like Westlake had a deadline to meet, stayed up all night drinking Folgers instant with his Microsoft Word o [...]


    11. THE DAME was written under the Richard Stark pseudonym, and it is the 2nd of 4 books in the "Grofield" series, which is a sort-of spin-off from the "Parker" series. (As I read these novels, and I need to check dates to see if there's a chance it's the case, I wonder if Grofield was in fact a warm-up for Dortmunder?) Grofield, whose real vocation is repertory stage actor, is one of Parker's go-to guys for important heists. The first in the series, THE DAMSEL, takes place right after the high-body [...]


    12. This is the second of Stark's Grofield novels, with the action picking up right after The Damsel. This is Stark's play on a country house murder. Here, the country house is in the jungles of Puerto Rico, with a mobster playing the role of the detective. Grofield, pinned for the murder, has to figure out the true killer before the mobster kills him.I don't have a lot to say about this one. I like the twists on the theme, but again I find that Grofield doesn't work as a protagonist. I'm not sure w [...]


    13. The story picks up with Alan Grofield where The Damsel ended. This story has echoes of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (with Grofield answering a mysterious summoning) and James Bond's turn in The Spy Who Loved Me (because Grofield wanders through someone else's story). Toss in an element of detective work and an a heavy dose of the mob in an island locale and you get quite the adventure story. (view spoiler)[I half expected Grofield to accidentally cross paths with Parker at the casinos. From a Pa [...]


    14. Shortly after the events ofThe Damsel , Grofeld's south of the border roadtrip continues, though this time a murder mystery - with him as the caustic-witted main suspect - flavors the fun, action-punctuated proceedings. Like every Stark work I've read thus far, Dame is worth owning.Followed byThe Blackbird . (This review originally appeared on the Reading & Writing By Pub Light site.)


    15. A very easy, but also ultimately pointless read. The flimsiest of plot contrivances takes Grofield from Mexico (at the end of The Damsel) to Puerto Rico eventually for him to be accused of murder and having to play cat and mouse with his mobster captors while magically figuring out who the real killer is. Please.Hopefully the next (also the last) two Grofield books are better and more entertaining.


    16. Much lighter in tone than the PARKER novels, this one finds Grofield in Central America trying to solve a murder mystery. Because he's framed as the murderer, Grofield plays the part of detective, trying to stay alive long enough to reveal the true murderer's identity. Along the way, of course, he meets a damsel in distress.Grofield is witty, as usual, and this is a nice, escapist read. It's a bit dated, but still worth the time.


    17. Richard Start (AKA Donald Westlake) lightened up his Parker world with the second novel starring Parker's occasional accomplice Alan Grofield. Grofield goes to Puerto Rico and ends up accused of murder. The short novel involves Grofield trying to avoid capture. The prose is as stark and minimalist as a Parker novel but full of Grofield's wisecracks.


    18. Definitely not my favorite Stark book. Grofield is forced into a position of playing detective, then escapee, in unfamiliar territory. The problem here, once again, is that Grofield is nowhere nearly as engaging on his own as he is with Parker. Or as engaging as Parker. So that makes it hard for these books. But it's still fun, don't get me wrong.


    19. AKA: Alan Marshall, Alan Marsh, James Blue, Ben Christopher, Edwin West, John B. Allan, Curt Clark, Tucker Coe, P.N. Castor, Timothy J. Culver, J. Morgan Cunningham, Samuel Holt, Judson Jack Carmichael, Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake




    20. This was an interesting quick entertaining read, wish it could have lasted longer, this is book 2 of 4 though, looking forward to the next.



    21. Alan Grofield doesn't even get home from his Mexico adventure (The Damsel) before he ends up in some Caribbean trouble.



    22. I didn't think I would be so drawn into a murder mystery but it sucked me in. There was a lot of colorful characters and of course mobsters and dames. Who wouldn't love that?


    23. Entertaining caper novel by author of Parker series, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake). 2nd Grofield book. Light reading, short book. Good beach/travel book.


    24. lightweight. I did like the conceit of Grofield as inquisitor, but otherwise there's nothing notable about this. I do love Puerto Rico.


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