: 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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Thing is, Vanning doesn’t have it. What an astonishing little jewel of a book this is.


Since embarking upon a marathon read of David Goodis with the occasional interruption of reading lesser novels by more contemporary authorsI have been completely stunned by his unique narrative voice. The two robbers finally catch up with Vanning, who tells them he has no idea where the dough is. He behaves foolishly and can’t understand why. Born and bred in Philadelphia, David Goodis was an American noir fiction writer. Aug 11, Franky rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Nightfallplease sign up.

I understand the initial attraction, but when she betrays him…and he keeps on trusting her. Jan 30, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: David Goodis is the patron saint of the hard-luck loser.


A lot of this is familiar territory to fans of David Goodis. It’s nihhtfall very surreal book. After just two Goodis books, I’m coming to recognize and anticipate a few essential qualities to his prose.

Nightafll Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. I can’t say more about this novel. Yeah, he did have it. Speaking of his fifties stuff, I’ve already started reading Black Friday and ho-lee shee-it does it rock so far.

The trouble is, he doesn’t have the first idea where he lost it.


A little more room to breath in the final pages which recall the exposition-heavy fast-talking monologues that frequently closed out detective pictures would have been nice, but some might call this nitpicking.

It’s just a blip of time for Vanning, for us, yet it encompasses eight months. See all 10 reviews. Of course, it’s different when you’re shooting under orders during a battle from shooting someone as a civilian.

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David Goodis is a writer of breath-taking prose and a creator of a hopelessness no genre character goodks had to claw his way out of. But he lost it. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Hyperlinks will be created for URLs goosis. The strongest part of the story is the relationship between Fraser and his wife, the way she supports him when he is driven by the fear of failure is very strong.


So lucky to find this in the bargain goocis at Troutmark, you hardly ever see a Goodis anywhere and he’s one of the best. Then he loses it while fleeing through the boondocks, and he can’t remember just where.

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 career.

Anyone who ever read a book and liked reading it. Thus we have James Vanning, a man on the run, pursued left and right, bank robbers on one side who think he still has their money and police on the other who deduce he committed grand dagid and murder.

NIGHTFALL by David Goodis | Kirkus Reviews

Preview — Nightfall by David Goodis. So you have your wrong man scenario, a follow-that-cab scene, some fight scenes, a hair-raising escape, a romance – the whole Hitchcock package.

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