A Novel

Book - 2007
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"An almost perfect book, spare, balanced, and inexplicably moving."--Geoffrey O'Brien

Jim Vanning has an identity crisis. Is he an innocent artist who just happens to have some very dangerous people interested in him? Or is he a killer on the lam from his last murder--with a satchel worth over $300,000 in tow?

Relentlessly focused, Nightfall may be David Goodis' most accomplished novel. It is a fiendishly constructed maze, filled with unpredictable pitfalls and human predators whose authenticity only makes them more terrifying.

David Goodis (1917-1967), a former pulp, radio, and Hollywood script writer, is now recognized as a leading author of crime fiction. Besides sojourns in New York City and Hollywood, he lived primarily in Philadelphia.

Publisher: Lakewood, Colorado : Millipede Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9781933618180
Branch Call Number: GOODI
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 23 cm.


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Jun 19, 2013

David Goodis hit the nation's magazines and bookstores the way Marlon Brando hit the motion picture screen. He was dead at the age of 49 but not before establishing himself as a maverick writer among maverick writers. Wikipedia says Goodis was "churning out 10,000 words a day". Can you call yourself a writer? I love this man's writings. I've read Nightfall a handful of times and each time I find myself mentally and emotionally transported beside the the two heroes of the story, Jim Vanning and the detective following him. If you have not read Goodis then I think you are ready for a real treat. Turn off the sound systems, get rid of the company, get in the chair and read Nightfall! Comment me back.

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