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Another noir great

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David Goodis -- master of the genre. Check him out.

"David Goodis was one of the most brilliant and original post-war writers in the mould of Chandler, Hammett and Cain."

"David Goodis is the mystery man of hardboiled fiction. ... He wrote of winos and barroom piano players and small-time thieves in a vein of tortured lyricism all his own. ... He was a poet of the losers. ... If Jack Kerouac had written crime novels, they might have sounded a bit like this." [Geoffrey O'Brien]

Goodis's books include: DARK PASSAGE(1946), NIGHTFALL (1947), STREET OF THE LOST (1952), THE BURGLAR (1953),
BLACK FRIDAY (1954), STREET OF NO RETURN (1954), DOWN THERE (aka SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER) (1956). Many have been filmed.