: 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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A hunted man, James Vanning makes his way to New York City’s Greenwich Village, changes his name and sets up his own studio to work as a commercial artist. A Traitor to Memory. Low-key, unassuming, and totally honest even when threatened with torture. Flashbacks of his escape through the woods.

That old pulp standby, amnesia, helps with the plot mechanics. You read this and you just want to rhapsodize the praises of David Goodis. Fred Harrison was the fourth, the man who tidied up.

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After some time, Vanning tries the door, its unlocked and when he comes out, to his amazement, he’s alone with the goods of bills and a revolver siting out in the open on a bureau. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

The basic premise in Nightfall concerns an innocent man–Jim Nifhtfall by happenstance ends up with a satchel of grand. There’s even a groaner explanation in the denouement I’m a douche like the one in Psycho!


He took something they want. He’s accepting and yet still wants to live. However I can happily report that it was all worth it, David Goodis certainly seemed to have more than one very good novel in his davd. For more of the details, see Bryan’s piece.

» Reviewed by Dan Stumpf: DAVID GOODIS – Nightfall (Book and Film).

I like how Goodis portrays Fraser as a cop who questions. An exceptional psychological thriller told from the perspectives of an innocent man accused of robbery and murder, and the sympathetic detective obsessed with finding out the truth. Mar 29, Pages Buy. Matters of murder and a lost satchel of money have left him in a bind, hunted hightfall cops and crooks dwvid My heart began to beat a little faster as soon as I started reading this book.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. See all 10 reviews. This was fairly furmulaic, guy on the run for a crime he didn’t commit, but had a nice touch of seeing the detective’s perspective in alternate chapters, and a lovely compassionate fella he is too.

More interesting is the psychological drive of the storytelling within the characterization. This all resolves, in fact, but the delicious sensation of the ambiguity lingers.

Nightfall by David Goodis

David Goodis just might be nightfzll favorite crime novelist. Again, on the one hand, it’s obvious in the story, but there is a delicacy about it that seems more distinct, even more real.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. It’s only at Nightfall that he feels safe to leave, but not safe enough to sleep.

This version of the Goodis masterpiece Nightfall was sold by Black Mask publishing as The Dark Chase for reasons entirely unknown to me. Jan 03, Francis rated it liked it. The constant chasing of one kind or another that each of the characters is undertaking throughout the story really helps to keep the pages flying past and the imagined interractions between Vanning and Fraser are an interesting development of the cat and mouse theme.


But I guess, in truth, I was thinking more of certain movies where you realize the protagonist is dead Jacob’s Ladd What happens in this book could be described as missing time combined, in the end, with the kind of psychological explanation they loved in the s and 50s. Dec 21, Jake rated it liked it Shelves: David Goodis —a former pulp, radio, and Hollywood script writer, is now recognized as a leading author of crime fiction. Be the first to discover new talent!

Superb work; sort of a prototype for the film “North by Northwest;” Goodis has an excellent way with words, and construction, and he also an excellent sense of humor. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But he is being watched by a cop who thinks there is more to the story than the official version.

He stops to offer help and one of the men comes forward with gun in hand.