Nightfall

Nightfall

David Goodis / Jun 27, 2019

Nightfall An almost perfect book spare balanced and inexplicably moving Geoffrey O Brien Jim Vanning has an identity crisis Is he an innocent artist who just happens to have some very dangerous people intere

  • Title: Nightfall
  • Author: David Goodis
  • ISBN: 9780679734741
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • An almost perfect book, spare, balanced, and inexplicably moving Geoffrey O Brien Jim Vanning has an identity crisis Is he an innocent artist who just happens to have some very dangerous people interested in him Or is he a killer on the lam from his last murder with a satchel worth over 300,000 in tow Relentlessly focused, Nightfall may be David Goodis most accompl An almost perfect book, spare, balanced, and inexplicably moving Geoffrey O Brien Jim Vanning has an identity crisis Is he an innocent artist who just happens to have some very dangerous people interested in him Or is he a killer on the lam from his last murder with a satchel worth over 300,000 in tow Relentlessly focused, Nightfall may be David Goodis most accomplished novel It is a fiendishly constructed maze, filled with unpredictable pitfalls and human predators whose authenticity only makes them terrifying David Goodis 1917 1967 , a former pulp, radio, and Hollywood script writer, is now recognized as a leading author of crime fiction Besides sojourns in New York City and Hollywood, he lived primarily in Philadelphia.

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        Born and bred in Philadelphia, David Goodis was an American noir fiction writer He grew up in a liberal, Jewish household in which his early literary ambitions were encouraged After a short and inconclusive spell at at the University of Indiana, he returned to Philadelphia to take a degree in journalism, graduating in 1937.


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    1. Back when David Goodis' 1947 noir novel Nightfall was first published, Beat Generation critic Seymour Krim wrote as part of his book review for the New York Times: "There is much Freud in the air, much Faulkner in the sentence, much Hemingway in the talk. But any way you slice it, it's the old chase again." And what a chase we have! Goodis serves up big, strong James Vanning as the ultimate victim of circumstances.Vanning is ex-Navy, driving to Chicago where his new dream job as a commercial art [...]


    2. Since embarking upon a marathon read of David Goodis (with the occasional interruption of reading lesser novels by more contemporary authors), I have been completely stunned by his unique narrative voice.But this one- oh, my sweet banana!NIGHTFALL might be my favorite Goodis so far. It would make a terrific film noir and was in fact made into one directed by the immortal film director Jacques Tourneur in 1957 starring the great Aldo Ray as protagonist-in-a-jam and on-the-lam "James (Jim) Vanning [...]


    3. Nightfall is the third David Goodis novel I've read, and I'm hooked on his compact, visceral, and vivid crime titles. The basic premise in Nightfall concerns an innocent man--Jim Vanning--who by happenstance ends up with a satchel of 300 grand. Then he loses it while fleeing through the boondocks, and he can't remember just where. A likely story. Of course, he's in love with a young lady--Martha Gardner--who may, or may not, be involved in the money's baffling disappearance. I like the seamless [...]


    4. One of the finest novels I read in 2011 was Shoot the Piano Player and so for Christmas I asked for some more David Goodis. He's quite hard to come by in Perth it seems, so the chances of me ever seeing his stuff come through my shop was slim to none.This version of the Goodis masterpiece Nightfall was sold by Black Mask publishing as The Dark Chase for reasons entirely unknown to me. The large format printing and the odd cover 'art' make for an unusual reading experience. However I can happily [...]


    5. before I post a review, I have to share this photo. I sliced my thumb on a fan blade, didn't realize it (I'm so accident prone I'm always doing something like this), and settled in to read. Before I turned the page, I looked down and saw blood. How appropriate for reading crime fiction! Review shortly.


    6. “Nightfall” on the surface is your standard Man On The Run from both the Cops and the Crooks suspenser, however this is David Goodis we’re talking about, so there are several curve balls thrown at you, like the cop as a working stiff with a wife and kids, not just another badge, but another working class fuck. Even the head thug has his moment of wistfulness, reminiscing over his lost teenage love. But more importantly, the story is told in varying hues of color like an Impressionist paint [...]


    7. The plot of the movie version is considerably different, which is a bit surprising as Goddis’ story line here is quite cinematic. You have two narrative focalizers, Vanning, the noir “victim” and Fraser the detective who is shadowing him. And then you have the other criminals who are pursuing Vanning. No femme fatale per se, but Martha’s role is left uncertain, and that adds good dramatic tension at several key points. To say much more about the plot or the characters gets into spoiler t [...]


    8. What an astonishing little jewel of a book this is. Commercial artist Jim Vanning allows himself to be picked up in a NYC bar by the attractive Martha Gardner, only to realize too late that she's led him into the clutches of three hoodlums. Eight months ago his path crossed theirs as they were on the run with the proceeds of a bank job in Seattle. At the time they decided to shut his mouth forever, but he was able to startle the designated killer and kill him instead. In more or less a fugue sta [...]


    9. Vanning – a victim of circumstance is placed in the perfect and unforgiving wrong man scenario. Touted as a murderer, thief, and artist (yep there is some legitimacy to the protagonist), Vanning is the classic case of a man stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the run from the law and a gang of bank robbers, Vanning lives a life filled with paranoia and mistrust. In his mind, he’s innocent of the crimes he’s accused - his actions vindicated by circumstance yet there’s a subtle cloud [...]


    10. My heart began to beat a little faster as soon as I started reading this book.'Nightfall' is the first work I've read by Goodis in over a decade, but I could remember the sensation, that unease that comes with knowing something bad is about to happen.It was there in this book, where something bad has already happened to contract artist Vanning long before we meet him, but are certain to get worse. Matters of murder and a lost satchel of money have left him in a bind, hunted by cops and crooks an [...]


    11. This is a wonderful edition by Millipede Press published in 2007. I'll gladly accept a couple of typographical errors for the excellent cover, informative introduction, and an extra story set in Colombo added at the end of the novel.Nightfall doesn't hold the overall bleakness and downright down-and-out-ed-ness that Goodis is known for, and the plot has a couple of areas that aren't too credible, but this story has some nice things going for it even beyond the vibrant lingo, top-notch dialogue, [...]


    12. An exceptional psychological thriller told from the perspectives of an innocent man accused of robbery and murder, and the sympathetic detective obsessed with finding out the truth. More than a typical crime thriller, the novel is essentially a character study of an emotionally damaged man on the run, pursued by both criminals and police, looking for redemption but without a clear path, alone and without hope. Goodis pulls off the dual narratives with great aplomb. His lean prose and colorful di [...]


    13. 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. Maybe not the most classic of noir stories, as both the narrator and the love interest are less jaded and more innocent than one would expect of the genre, but it also includes a wonderful character in the form of the detective trailing the narrator. He's trained in psychology and is thus a sort of early version of a prof [...]



    14. So lucky to find this in the bargain bin at Troutmark, you hardly ever see a Goodis anywhere and he's one of the best. This was fairly furmulaic, guy on the run for a crime he didn't commit, but had a nice touch of seeing the detective's perspective in alternate chapters, and a lovely compassionate fella he is too. Also, Goodis' writing is reliably a notch better than most and this got pretty tense by the end, my fingernails got right chewed.


    15. A psychological suspense crime story set just after World War II.My TakeNightfall is an interesting blend of a staccato-like series of events all smoothed over, almost like the humidity in this story, heating up events, slowing things down, rolling over the rough edges. It's just a blip of time for Vanning, for us, yet it encompasses eight months.Seen from today's perspective, it's an awkward use of psychology and profiling as Goodis pushes new frontiers in this thriller, slipping back and forth [...]


    16. Nightfall (1947) This is David Goodis’s third novel, written the year after his breakthrough suspense novel Dark Passage (1946). Jim Vanning is a commercial artist living in Greenwich Village. He has a legitimate Madison Avenue job creating art for advertisements, but he’s also in hiding because he’s wanted in Wyoming for the murder of a man who led a robbery of $350,000 from a bank in Seattle. Needless to say, he’s wanted, both by the police and by the bank robbers because after he kill [...]


    17. This is one of those novels that is difficult to review without giving away spoilers, so I’ll try to just give commentary about the book. Goodis’ protagonists and antiheroes have a way of wavering between two distinctly different paths amid life forces propelling them towards one ultimate choice. There is always a gray area in the antihero where we can see that while he is fallible, he is conscious of the world about him, even philosophical, and this gives him a sense of nobility. Such is th [...]


    18. Nightfall was Goodis’ third novel, after Dark Passage and before Of Missing Persons, and it comes across as an amalgamation of the two. It concerns two characters. One, Vanning, is a perennial Goodis hero: a lonely, dejected war veteran who by chance and contrived circumstance winds up a fugitive from both the law and a den of thieves. The other, Fraser, is a happily married but stressed out cop, who is very much a forerunner for the hero in Of Missing Persons. Vanning’s fugitive status is s [...]


    19. I think there were a lot of guys pigeon holed as pulp writers who didn't get the respect they deserved. David Goodis was certainly one of them, although the Library of America has now republished five of his novels in their American Crime Classics series. So maybe things get better?I think the thing that left these guys (Goodis, Willeford, Rabe, Woolrich, Gault, Whittington, Williams and otherslots of others) almost forgotten, were the lurid covers along with the sensational titles publishers l [...]


    20. David Goodis just might be my favorite crime novelist. This novel, from the criminal's point of view, is more than just a gripping plot. Goodis does great work at making this novel art. From digging into the psyche of the main character and the detective to the craftily jumbled narration near the end of the novel when Vanning moves from present to memory without transition, Goodis makes this novel worth reading to many more people than who already know it exists.


    21. NIGHTFALL. (1947). David Goodis. ***. Another pot-boiler from Goodis, this time one about an innocent man who gets mixed up with a group of men who had just robbed a bank in Seattle of $300,000. It goes like this: While driving along a back road in Denver, James Vanning, a commercial artist on his way to Chicago, hears an auto accident. As he drives forward, he sees a car has overturned, and three men in various states of damage. He stops to offer help and one of the men comes forward with gun i [...]


    22. second reading: bought a goodis anthology, only not read is 'dark passage', decided to read the others again. good idea. plot already known so i concentrate on style: again concise, concrete, compelling. having now read so many noir (146) i am no longer surprised by the artless-art of his 'expressionist' pulp writing. good reread.t review: this has an interesting narrative, split between cop and presumed criminal. this has the whole wrong-man, trust, fear, helplessness, good or bad woman, home v [...]


    23. I read this for my Popular Film and Literature class at OU. The book was interesting, and not at all what I expected out of a class book. It was easy to understand, a lot of dialogue, and a bit of humor. Watch for the "match scenes" and the author's obsession for color (especially blue)


    24. If David Goodis is one of my favourite American pulp writers it is largely due to his 1950s thriller Down There. Night Fall was his second novel and has many of the expected ingredients of the pulp or noir novel, but they are never pulled into a satisfying shape. James Vanning, an average Joe, is accidentally thrown into the middle of a criminal enterprise, the normality of his life is turned upside down, all security destroyed. This is in the past of the novel and we are told the back plot in [...]


    25. What happens in this book could be described as missing time combined, in the end, with the kind of psychological explanation they loved in the 1940s and 50s.The third book I read by Goodis was Dark Passage, and I became convinced that the main character in that was dead, that he had died in the opening scenes. It's a very surreal book. Characters reappear with a dreamlike logic. But I guess, in truth, I was thinking more of certain movies where you realize the protagonist is dead (Jacob's Ladde [...]


    26. I read that after finding some success writing for magazines and Hollywood, David Goodis drank himself to death in the dockside bars of Philadelphia. So it's no surprise that he's at his best describing lowlifes in cheap haunts and heisters looking for one last score. He draws those characters credibly, and though they sometimes lapse into 1940s tough-guy talk when they speak, there's something genuinely flawed and tragic and moving about them. What he's not great at is plotting: even in the bes [...]


    27. Being a big fan of James M. Cain, Horace McCoy, Raymond Chandler etc, but having pretty much exhausted their stuff, I thought I'd give David Goodis a try. He's now held in such high regard in the States that the Library of America have published a collection of his novels.Anyway, this is a cracking little piece of hard-boiled pulp. I especially liked the way in which, when the book begins, you have absolutely no idea what's going on. What is going on is gradually revealed in rather a clever fash [...]


    28. Here's what the world doesn't require: a Goodis novel with a happy ending. A really contrived happy ending at that. Goodis aficionados will want to check it out, but newcomers would be well advised to start elsewhere with his work.


    29. Huh. I wanted to like this as much as Dark Passage, but it wasn't as well-plotted. I still love the hyperreal elements, but the novel feels incomplete to me - like where the novel ends should in fact only be the halfway point of the book.


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