Five Novels of the 1940s & 50s

Five Novels of the 1940s & 50s

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Collects five crime novels of David Goodis all dealing with unfortunate people and dark doomed settings.
Publisher: New York : Literary Classics of the United States, 2012
ISBN: 9781598531480
1598531484
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOODIS DAVID
Characteristics: 804 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Polito, Robert

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lukasevansherman
Aug 31, 2014

David Goodis (1917-1967) was part of the great crime/noir/hardboiled wave in American fiction ('30s-40s). He's not in the first tier with the big three (Chandler, Hammett, Cain) and hasn't enjoyed the cult renaissance of Jim Thompson or Charles Willeford. I'd rank him with Charles Woolrich. Now that he's jointed the illustrious Library of America (the Criterion collection of lit.), he might find a new audience. This book collects five of his novels, including "Dark Passage," which was filmed with Bogart and Bacall. I would've dropped the mediocre "The Burglar" in favor of "Down There," which was made into "Shoot the Piano Player," directed by Francois Truffaut. His style is fast and dirty and he favors stories about the underclass (drunks, bums, hookers) and his heroes, such as they are, are often washed up (musician, singer). A valuable collection. Also check out LOA's 2-volume "Crime Novels," one of which includes "Down There."

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