Inspired by Donald E. Westlake's Point Blank :
Donald Edwin Westlake was born in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of Irish background. His father, Albert Joseph Westlake, was a salesman, and mother Lillian (Bounds) Westlake. He was educated in Catholic schools in Albany, where the family moved when he was six years old. In 1950 Westlake entered Champlain College in Plattsburgh, New York.
After serving two years in the U.S. Air Force in 1954-56, he continued his university studies at Harpur College, now the State University of New York at Binghamton. However, he had already started to plan on becoming a writer. His first stories Westlake sold to science fiction and mystery magazines in 1953.