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David Goodis (1917–1967)

Autor(a) de Shoot the Piano Player

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Obras de David Goodis

Shoot the Piano Player (1956) 532 cópias, 13 resenhas
Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and '50s (2012) 247 cópias, 6 resenhas
Nightfall (1947) 236 cópias, 5 resenhas
The Wounded and the Slain (1955) 205 cópias, 8 resenhas
Street of No Return (1954) 177 cópias, 3 resenhas
Dark Passage (1946) 173 cópias, 13 resenhas
The Burglar (1953) 160 cópias, 7 resenhas
Black Friday (1954) 151 cópias, 2 resenhas
Cassidy's Girl (1951) 151 cópias, 4 resenhas
Night Squad (1961) 134 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Moon in the Gutter (1983) 130 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Blonde on the Street Corner (1954) 108 cópias, 2 resenhas
Dark Passage [1947 film] (1947) — Autor — 107 cópias, 2 resenhas
Of Tender Sin (1952) 76 cópias, 2 resenhas
Shoot the Piano Player [1960 film] (1960) — Screenwriter — 71 cópias, 1 resenha
Dark Victory [1939 film] (1939) — Screenwriter — 64 cópias
Behold This Woman (1947) 34 cópias, 1 resenha
The Raving Beauty (1967) 33 cópias, 2 resenhas
Of Missing Persons (1950) 23 cópias
Fire in the Flesh (1957) 20 cópias
Street of the Lost (1952) 19 cópias
Retreat from Oblivion (1939) 10 cópias
Nightfall [1956 film] — Autor — 8 cópias, 1 resenha
The Blue Sweetheart (2001) 8 cópias
Profondo Nero (1989) 7 cópias
The Cop On the Corner (2011) 5 cópias, 1 resenha
The Unfaithful [1947 film] (1947) — Screenwriter — 4 cópias
Black Pudding (2009) 4 cópias
The Plunge 4 cópias
The Cloud Wizard 3 cópias, 1 resenha
O Livro das Cefaléias (2006) 3 cópias
Killer Ace 2 cópias, 1 resenha
Caravan To Tarim 2 cópias
Un gato del pantano (1961) 2 cópias
Disparad al pianista (2019) 1 exemplar(es)
Nachtvorstellung [anthology] (1993) 1 exemplar(es)
La fuga 1 exemplar(es)
Goodis David 1 exemplar(es)
Dames, Booze, Guns & Gumshoes (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
The Secret Squad (Illustrated) (2014) 1 exemplar(es)
Black Lizard 1 exemplar(es)
La luna en el arroyo (2024) 1 exemplar(es)
La chica de Cassidy 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
En selle pour la trois (1970) 1 exemplar(es)
La calle de los perdidos (1990) 1 exemplar(es)
Skuggor över Manhattan 1 exemplar(es)
ROMANZI 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s (1997) — Contribuinte — 548 cópias, 6 resenhas
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Contribuinte — 371 cópias, 7 resenhas
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) — Contribuinte — 238 cópias, 4 resenhas
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Contribuinte — 186 cópias, 6 resenhas
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (2002) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias, 3 resenhas
Pulp Fictions: Hardboiled Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 71 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Action (2001) — Contribuinte — 71 cópias, 2 resenhas
New Crimes 1 (1989) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Intense, heavy read, definitely needs a re-read
jimifenway | outras 2 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
LOA has produced a number of Noir novels & several authors who wrote the crime novels. One of the more obscure writers who briefly was elevated to fame because of Hollywood's penchant for making crime movies was Goodis. Although his brief fame should have marked him to have a larger role than he has now, he flamed out & was never considered much as Truman Capote for example, also flamed out. For some reason, crime novels in spite of having a devoted group of readers of crime novels, there is great difficulty of maintaining long term interest. Here LOA introduces 4 crime novels written by Goodis. It is uninteresting & hardly worth reading.… (mais)
walterhistory | outras 5 resenhas | May 21, 2024 |
David Goodis’s Dark Passage is most famous today because of the WB film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Goodis sold the rights to film it for $25,000 and secured for himself immortality by doing so. To those who read, however, and especially those who enjoy a good crime noir, Goodis’s name would be known and bandied about during discussions of the genre, regardless.

Anyone familiar with the very good film based on the book knows that for the first forty minutes or so of the movie, we are in Parry’s (Bogart’s) shoes during the prison break and the ensuing escape. We never see Parry’s face during this portion of the film. Goodis’s entire novel is the equivalent of that portion of the film, the reader placed into Parry’s head, “hearing” him panic, reason out things, fight his fear and paranoia, and finally, figure out who killed his unfaithful wife and framed him for the murder.

Tightly constructed and narratively claustrophobic, Dark Passage is a unique narrative that won’t appeal to everyone. It is more likely to appeal to fans of the genre, and fans of the greatest writer of suspense, Cornell Woolrich. Goodis here seems to be influenced by Woolrich’s work. Parry even has an entire conversation in his head with his only friend, who has just been murdered, which is very Woolrichian.

One can almost picture Agnes Morehead as the shrill and annoying Madge Rapf, and Bacall as the lovely and lonely Irene, whose motives for helping Parry hide out at the outset, and later so that his face can heal when he has it altered, are at first unclear. Those motives will be seem more ambiguous for anyone who hasn’t seen the 40s film, but that’s not many.

There is loneliness here, and not just Parry’s, and there is that feeling of the little guy fighting against fate which permeated Woolrich’s work during this period. While Goodis doesn’t quite reach the level of Woolrich noir, this is very good, and there are moments when he comes close. A tricky and ultimately dooming confrontation with a guy referred to as Studebaker for much of the book, and the color of a car, set in motion an exciting conclusion. It is here, at the end, when Goodis throws the reader a Deadline at Dawn type of lifeline that makes this a memorable read.

While the narrative style of nearly every thought in Parry’s head can become too overblown at times, at other times it’s marvelous, both cerebrally claustrophobic and entertainingly mesmerizing. This seminal noir novel will have you looking up Patavilca, Peru on your globe, and wondering…

Because Goodis seemed to be channeling Woolrich, but didn’t quite reach that lofty plateau, this is 4.5 stars for me. But it is such a terrific read, I’m rounding up. A unique novel (unless you’ve read Woolrich), and like Woolrich, not for everyone. Fans of 1940s and '50s noir/suspense, however, must have a go at it to sample the full spectrum of what the genre has to offer.
… (mais)
Matt_Ransom | outras 12 resenhas | Oct 6, 2023 |
I almost feel ashamed that I have held onto this book so long without reading it. I loved every minute of it. Monomythic in scale with a heart of gold. Going right into my top 20.
Deni_Weeks | outras 12 resenhas | Sep 16, 2023 |



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