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David Goodis

I'm just re-reading Down There - otherwise known as Shoot the Piano Player. Goodis was an amazing "pulp" writer, and his ideas provided the seeds for many an excellent film, direct adaptation or not. His entire back catalogue is available only in French, with only a few titles being available in the UK or USA in recent decades. Ebay has a smattering.

His heroes are usually tragic people horribly down on their luck, usually because of a woman (or some other fatal flaw or Achilles heel), and the prose drips with lyricism, dark humour and melancholy. Imagine Rick from Casablanca after the end of WW2, back in the States, with not even his cafe to give him solace, and you've got a pretty good idea of Goodis.

Anyone else a fan?
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