By Donald E. Westlake
Westlake's different crime novels comprise The Hunter, The 7th and Busy physique, all of that have been made into significant films. The Mercenaries, Westlake's fist novel, is a riveting big apple gangster mystery with a narcotic twist. this hard secret should be positioned alongisde the simplest of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
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3. The translation is taken from the fragment of the letter on a "self-portrait" in The Renaissance Philosophy of Man, eds. E. O. H. Randall, Jr. (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1948), pp. 34-35. 4. Epistle to Posterity, trans. Morris Bishop, p. 7. 5. All quotations from On His Own Ignorance and That of Others are taken from The Renaissance Philosophy of Man, pp. 47-133. 6. Cicero's critique of Socrates is to be found in De oratore, III, xvi, 60-61. The admission by the Sophist Gorgias that rhetoric is "the kind of persuasion which produces belief, not knowledge" is found in Gorgias 454e.
This means that a description of his thought is at the same time a description of the broad intellectual horizon within which he moves. It also means that a discussion of his ideas turns into what could be called the cartography of his memories and passions. A useful point of departure for catching a glimpse of the contours of his thought and its provisional crystallization is his Epistle to Posterity where we are told that he is versed in poetry and in moral philosophy, in classical as well as sacred literature, from that of St.
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