Authors > David Goodis

Among the pantheon of American crime writers—those masters of noir whose powerful vernacular style and dark and subversive themes transformed American culture and writing—David Goodis was a unique figure. Born in Philadelphia, he brought a jazzy, expressionist style and an almost hallucinatory intensity to his spare, passionate, uncompromising novels of mean streets and doomed people.

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Dark Passage

The story of a man railroaded for his wife’s murder and forced to assume a different identity after escaping from prison becomes in Goodis’s hands a lyrical evocation of urban fear and loneliness.

Year: 1946     Genre: Thriller


In Nightfall, David Goodis explores the theme of the innocent pursued, as artist Jim Vanning becomes accidentally embroiled in a violent robbery and must evade criminals and police alike.

Year: 1947     Genre: Noir Fiction

The Blonde on the Street Corner

Written in 1954, The Blonde on the Street Corner is full of the passions and desires that are the hallmarks of a David Goodis novel.

Year: 1954     Genre: Crime Fiction

The Wounded and the Slain

Available for the first time in more than 50 years, this lost novel by legendary pulp author David Goodis is a stunning, shocking tale of cruelty, danger, desperation…and the possibility of redemption.

Year: 1955     Genre: Crime FictionNoir Fiction

Shoot the Piano Player

Once upon a time Eddie played conert piano to reverent audiences at Carnegie Hall. Now he bangs out honky-tonk for drunks in a dive in Philadelphia. But then two people walk into Eddie's life--the first promising Eddie a future, the other dragging him back into a treacherous past.

Year: 1956     Genre: Noir Fiction

Mar 02, 1917 -- Jan 07, 1967

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1946Dark Passage Thriller
1947Nightfall Noir Fiction
1954The Blonde on the Street Corner Crime Fiction
1955The Wounded and the Slain Crime Fiction, Noir Fiction
1956Shoot the Piano Player Noir Fiction, Philadelphia
2018Pulp According to David Goodisby Jay A. GertzmanBiography




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