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Chaze's long-lost classic, a legend among noir buffs, is back in print for the first time in nearly half a century. The one book Black Lizard never published, it's the dream-like tale of a man after a jailbreak, who meets up with the woman of his dreams... and his nightmares. Phenomenal work of the period, ranking with the best efforts of Thompson, Woolrich, Goodis et al.
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ELLIOTT CHAZE (1915-1990) was an old-school newspaper man who began his journalism career with the New Orleans bureau of the Associated Press shortly before Pearl Harbor. He worked for a time for AP's Denver office after paratrooper service in WWII, and then migrated south to Mississippi where he spent twenty years as a reporter and award-winning columnist. He is the author of several novels.Review:
An astonishingly well written literary novel that just happened to be about (or roundabout) a crime. --Oxford American
The protagonist, ex-convict Tim Sunblade, is a quintessential antihero, an unrepentant bastard who executes a daring armed-car robbery in Colorado with the help of a call girl, Virginia, whom he picked up in a backwoods Mississippi motel. The details of the crime and its aftermath are vividly described, and the love-hate relationship between Sunblade and the woman and the demons in both that lead to their downfall are masterpieces of dark-side character development. --Bill Pronzini, Mystery File
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Book Description Black Mask, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1596542136
Book Description Black Mask, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1596542136