: 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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To ask other readers questions about Nightfallplease sign up. Its focus is on psychology rather than gunplay. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Please provide an email address. Al gets mixed up with gangsters in the City of Brotherly Shove with heaps of Goodis-style sex and violence in the mix. What had happened was nightfzll, by sheerest coincidence, Bryan gooxis Everything Noir had been writing about the movie based on the book.

Because black was the color of a gun But he is being watched by a cop who thinks there is more to the story than the official version. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I like the seamless way that Goodis transitions between the present story and his back story.

Orange, greys, blues, and lavenders show the colors in sunsets, rooms, and the like. How appropriate for reading crime fiction! The constant chasing of one kind or another that each of the characters is undertaking throughout the story really helps to keep the pages flying past and the imagined interractions between Vanning and Fraser are an interesting development of the cat and mouse theme.

Most of Goodis’ novels are character driven.

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All the while there is a level of ambiguity in the air, a sense that we are given some facts but not all is being revealed. He’s trained in psychology and is thus a sort of early version of a prof A fast-paced noir detective story, this one boils along nicely with a confused and haunted narrator who’s trying to escape a murder that he is unable to prove was self-defense.


Sep 30, M. Link an External Response Have a response on your own site? This makes the narrative very fast-moving, of course — Nightfall ‘s a truly gripping read — but it also, perhaps surprisingly, gives the text a tremendous grace. Dark Passage has a dialogue between the protagonist and his friend who he’s just found murdered, seeking answers and guidance from dead lips.

Thus we have James Vanning, a man on the run, pursued left and right, bank robbers on nigytfall side who think he still has their money and police nlghtfall the other who deduce he goodi grand larceny and murder.

See all 10 reviews. Dreamlike aspects include Colors, Cabdrivers and Conversation with the dead or people who are nighftall there. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. He could remember the flight though the woods, and the satchel with the money, and now the gang of killers, closing in.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? He is now working as a commercial artist while hiding out from the criminals. Whilst this story bears many similarities with Shoot The Piano Player in terms of an innocent, desperate protagonist down on his luck with seemingly no hope for escape, this one is more about the clash between good and bad and less about the internal conflict.

It is a fiendishly constructed maze, filled with unpredictable pitfalls and human predators whose authenticity only makes them more terrifying. After some time, Vanning tries the door, its unlocked and when he comes out, to his amazement, he’s alone with the sack of bills and a revolver siting out in the open on a bureau.

You never quite know if they are honest or are feigning innocence to mask sinister motives. Looking for More Great Reads?


I thought Jim Thompson was as tough as they come.

Nightfall by David Goodis

I like the seamless Nightfall is the third David Goodis novel I’ve read, and I’m hooked on his compact, visceral, and vivid crime titles. The two robbers finally catch up with Nifhtfall, who tells them he has no idea where the dough is.

These are the pieces, but there is quite a bit of figuring and unraveling to be dwvid to figure out just how things went down. So maybe things get better?

It’s just a blip of time for Vanning, for us, yet it encompasses eight months. He’s been more or less in hiding ever since. The Widows of Malabar Hill. The green of the hotel room, the orange carpet, or maybe it wasn’t orange – it could have been purple, a lot of those colors could have been other colors – but the one color about which there was no mistake was black.

And Goodis does it during key scenes, such as the one where Vanning is being tortured by Sam and Pete, or later when he rescues Fraser from Sam and Pete. The police detective Fraser is a dapper, smart copper who tracks Vanning, but also believes in his innocence.

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View all 7 comments. A clever, entertaining read spread out over two evenings, Nightfall was a noir winner for me and well worth rereading at some point. Then, too, there are the characters. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.