Black Friday: And Selected Stories

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“Surreal, disturbing, frequently brilliant. Nobody like him.”—Time Out

“David Goodis is the mystery man of hardboiled fiction...he wrote of winos and bar-room piano players and small-time thieves in a vein of tortured lyricism all his own...He was the poet of the losers.”—Geoffrey O’Brien

It’s winter in Philadelphia. Hart is broke, freezing, looking for a place to lay low from the cops. If he can’t find somewhere soon he might do something rash—like accept a wallet containing $11,000 from a man dying from gunshot wounds in the street. Whoever killed him might have a bed, though, even if that means hanging out with a bunch of thieves and drifters. Lucky for Hart he’s handy with his fists. And if he can use his looks and smarts to get in with the gang, maybe he can ride this out and score big on his own.

Originally published in 1954, Black Friday is one of David Goodis’ leanest, meanest melancholy thrillers. In this edition, the novel is combined with the best of Goodis’ short stories, first written for pulp magazines in America over 50 years ago and published for the first time in book form.

One of the greatest an American crime writers, David Goodis was born in Philadelphia in 1917, and wrote his first novel, Retreat from Oblivion, in 1938. He died in 1967.

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One of the greatest yet least appreciated American post-war crime writers, David Goodis was born in Philadelphia in 1917, and wrote his first novel, Retreat from Oblivion, in 1938. His big break came in 1946 with the publication of Dark Passage, which was made into a film starring Bogart and Bacall. During his life he wrote many short stories, film treatments, scripts for radio serials such as Superman, and seventeen novels including Shoot the Pianist (filmed by Truffaut). He died in 1967.

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America's laureate of the low life... No-one does existential loners better -- The Herald ?The ne plus ultra of America?s cult poet of the gutter? Bookseller ?One of the truly great ?pulp fiction? writers? Birmingham Post ?One of the great unsung writers of American pulp fiction? The violence is slapstick grotesque * the pace fast and the use of irony masterful. I loved every word? Guardian *

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