Here is a “best of” podcast with Books & Culture’s John Wilson about Donald E. Westlake’s posthumously published Memory. A “Hard Case Crime” selection, this volume actually has very little to do with crime. It is instead a dark exploration of the nature and tenuousness of human personality. It is also, if I may, a scary look at the wages of sin. I found it unremittingly depressing, and yet somehow compelling. The writing is economical and thought-provoking, even though you know how it will turn out long before the book is over.