: David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the s & 50s (LOA #): Dark Passage / Nightfall / The Burglar / The Moon in the Gutter / Street of No. Nightfall could easily have been adapted for Hitchcock. The novel by David Goodis follows Jim Vanning as he hides out in New York City. In Nightfall (), David Goodis explores the theme of the innocent pursued, as artist Jim Vanning becomes accidentally embroiled in a violent robbery and.

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Oct 22, Jeff rated it really liked it. Nightfalla psychological thriller complete with intellectual, empathetic detective and heart of gold knockout dame. The police detective Fraser is a dapper, smart copper who tracks Vanning, but also believes in his innocence. It was hollow and yet there was a shattering in it. And, men and women tangled up in uneasy alliances? The Widows of Malabar Hill. Amazon Music Nighrfall millions of songs.

What he’s not great at is plotting: This isn’t David Goodis’ most suspenseful novel, but the plot is intriguing. I like how Goodis portrays Fraser as a cop who questions.

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Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically. The third book I read by Goodis was Dark Passage, and I became convinced that the main character in that was dead, nightvall he had died in the opening scenes. The overtly insecure and semi-obsessive cop, Fraser is grounded only by his wife who seems to be the backbone of his sanity and manhood for that matter. But any way you slice it, it’s the old chase again.



Jan 03, Francis rated it liked it. But they’ve found him again, and they want their money back.

It was there in this book, where something bad has already happened to contract artist Vanning long before we meet him, but are certain to get worse. Al gets mixed up with gangsters in the City of Brotherly Shove with heaps of Goodis-style sex and violence in the mix. Post a New Comment Enter your information below to add a new comment. Why did Goodls find the money and revolver sitting out for the taking?

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But he realizes he can’t live the rest of his life flitting from city to city, forever worrying that the gangsters might be round the davkd corner. Dark Passage and Shoot the Piano Player. His people come out of the gutters to live on the pulpy page, and I enjoy him all the more for it.

James Vanning, an average Joe, is accidentally thrown into the middle of a criminal enterprise, the normality of his life is turned upside down, all security destroyed. He took something they want. For a suspense novel, it’s pretty damned good.

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It just doesn’t blow you away like his fifties stuff does. Is Vanning telling the truth? Where discerning readers can get up to date coverage of crime movies, books and comics. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Yeah, he did have it.


Vanning is ex-Navy, driving goodks Chicago where his new dream job as a commercial artist awaits, when he rounds a bend and hits a broken down station wagon. Jan 11, Steph rated it liked it. He appeals to me for much the same reason that Bergman appeals to me, as in their work I see the working out of their own personal demons and failures, and this in turn imbues their work with such emotional vitality.

This makes the narrative very fast-moving, of course — Nightfall ‘s a truly gripping read — but it also, perhaps surprisingly, gives the text a tremendous grace. David Goodis —a former pulp, radio, and Hollywood script writer, is now recognized as a leading author of crime fiction. Mar 29, Pages Buy.

A lack of realism that makes the book quite ordinary and not to David Goodis’ normal high standards. Directed by Jacques Tourneur. If David Goodis is one of my favourite American pulp writers it is largely due to his s thriller Down There. Books by David Goodis.