HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER
by DONALD D. WESTLAKE
275 pages. Evans. $6.95.
On the TV screen, the cops are closing in for the final shootout. With seconds to spare, they bear down on the bad guys' hideaway, pull up to the curb, and . . .
But wait. What if there had been no parking space? What then?
For Crime Novelist Donald E. Westlake, musing in front of the tube a decade ago, that was no idle question. At the time, Westlake was known mainly as a promising heir to the tough, taut Hammett-Chandler...