Death did not take a holiday in the world of books this year.
Playwright and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter died Christmas Eve. He was 78. The New York Times praised Pinter’s “gifts for finding the ominous in the everyday and the noise within silence” and called him “the most influential and imitated dramatist of his generation.”
Donald E. Westlake died on New Year’s Eve. He was 75. As the author of more than 100 novels, Westlake was “considered one of the most successful and versatile mystery writers in the United States,” the Times observed.