Sunday, October 22, 2006

As Goodis It Gets

David Goodis lived hard and died when he was just 50. But his life’s work (17 novels, many stories, radio scripts and film treatments) qualify him as the man who invented noir – although fans of Jim Thompson and Cornell Woolrich might disagree. Black Friday is a fine place to start if you've never read a Goodis novel: bitter, dark, but with a thin redeeming light at the end of the cold tunnel.