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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Non voglio pensare a questo, adesso - disse decisamente. - Se ci penso, mi conturbo troppo. Non vi è ragione che le cose non vadano come io desidero... se Ashley mi ama; e so che mi ama! Sollevò il mento e i suoi occhi dalle lunghe ciglia nere brillarono nel chiaro di luna. Elena non le aveva mai detto che desiderio e raggiungimento sono due cose diverse; la vita non le aveva insegnato che il correre non sempre significa raggiungere il palio. Rimase nella luce argentea col coraggio che si rafforzava sempre più e facendo i progetti che una sedicenne può fare quando la vita è sempre stata per lei così piacevole che ogni sconfitta pare impossibile, e un bell'abito e una fresca carnagione sono per lei le armi che vincono il destino.

Elena si era avvicinata al caminetto per prendere il suo rosario dalla scatoletta in cui era sempre, quando Mammy parlò con fermezza. - Andare a preparare qualche cosa e tu mangerai, - disse Mammy con la fronte aggrottata per l'indignazione; e si avviò per il vestibolo verso la cucina. - Pork, dire a cuoca di preparare piatti. Mentre le assi del pavimento scricchiolavano sotto il suo peso, il soliloquio che aveva cominciato a borbottare quando era entrata, diventò più forte ed intelligibile, giungendo chiaramente alle orecchie della famiglia nella stanza da pranzo.

Certo non le verrebbe neanche in mente di dirgli audacemente che lo amava; questo no. Ma questo era un particolare che non la turbava. Aveva già sbrogliato simili situazioni altre volte e lo farebbe ancora. A letto, col chiaro di luna che la bagnava tutta, si figurò la scena. Vedeva l'espressione di sorpresa e di felicità che gli illuminerebbe il volto nel momento in cui Ashley avrebbe compreso che ella lo amava, e udiva le parole che egli le direbbe chiedendole di essere sua moglie. Naturalmente essa gli risponderebbe che non poteva pensare a sposare un uomo che era fidanzato con un'altra, ma egli insisterebbe; e finalmente lei si lascerebbe persuadere.

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