By David Goodis
In 1997 The Library of America's Crime Novels: American Noir accumulated, in volumes, 11 vintage works of the Nineteen Thirties, 40s, and 50s--among them David Goodis's moody and extremely lyrical masterpiece Down There, tailored via François Truffaut for his 1960 movie Shoot the Piano Player. Now, The Library of the United States and editor Robert Polito group up back to have a good time the total scope of Goodis's signature variety with this landmark quantity gathering 5 nice novels from the peak of his occupation. Goodis (1917-1967) was once a Philadelphia- born pulp expressionist who introduced a jazzy kind to his spare, passionate novels of suggest streets and doomed protagonists: an blameless guy railroaded for his wife's homicide (Dark Passage); an artist whose lifestyles turns nightmarish as a result of a cache of stolen cash (Nightfall); a dockworker looking to understand his sister's brutal demise (The Moon within the Gutter); a petty felony derailed via impossible to resist ardour (The Burglar); and a recognized crooner scarred via violence and descending into dereliction (Street of No Return). lengthy a cult favourite, Goodis now takes his position along Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett within the pantheon of vintage American crime writers.
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