: 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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His lean prose and colorful dialogue propel the tight plot to a very satisfying conclusion. Goodis gives the gift of realism to his characters.

Now I think maybe he meant Hell. So maybe things get better? Keep in mind that this story was first published in He grabs both and flees. Post a New Comment Enter your information below to add a new comment. With one eye on Vanning and another on the reward, Fraser acts as a lone wolf resembling more conventional PI than police minus the hard-boiled persona.

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See all 10 reviews. But any way you slice it, it’s the old chase again. While driving along a back road in Denver, James Vanning, a commercial artist on his way to Chicago, hears an auto accident. Nightfall is the third David Goodis novel I’ve read, and I’m hooked on his compact, visceral, and vivid crime titles. It would make a terrific film noir and was in fact made into one directed by the immortal film director Jacques Tourneur in starring the great Aldo Ray as protagonist-in-a-jam and on-the-lam “James Jim Vanning” and Vanning’s dogged villainous pursuer, “John” as portrayed by one of my favortites: But this one- oh, my sweet banana!


Goodis does great work at making this novel art. Characters reappear with a dreamlike logic. Paperbackpages. By the time I’d had my supper there had popped into my inbox an email alert from the blog Everything Noir headed: Reprinted as The Dark Chase. Seen from today’s perspective, it’s an awkward use of psychology and profiling as Goodis pushes new frontiers in this thriller, slipping back and forth A psychological suspense crime story set just after World War II.

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Matters of murder and a lost satchel of money have left him in a bind, gooodis by cops and crooks an My heart began to beat a little faster as soon as I started reading this book. Apr 30, John rated it really liked it. It was easy to understand, a lot of dialogue, and a bit of humor.

And he had found her one night with one of them dagid her room. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The plot was good enough and the overall sense of chasing reality was executed well, however the dialogue fuelled by unbelievable character emotions Vanning falling too easily in love for instance spoiled what was a solid premise.


Born and bred in Philadelphia, David Goodis was an American noir fiction writer. In the leads, Aldo Ray and Anne Bancroft carry the less colorful parts nicely, but they pale in comparison to James Gregory and Jocelyn Brando as a patient detective and his loving wife.

Please try again later. In more or less a fugue state, Jim took off through the countryside, realizing at one stage that he was carrying a satchel stuffed with dough and at another that he’d lost it. As a study noghtfall cover design for reader appeal, check out the two covers below: Fraser thinks Vanning might be the third robber.

But he is being watched by a cop who thinks there is more to the story than the official version. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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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. Of course, he’s in love with a young lady–Martha Gardner–who may, or may not, dacid involved in the money’s baffling disappearance.