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Book Title: Night Squad|
The author of the book: David Goodis
The size of the: 2.96 MB
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Date of issue: March 3rd 1992
ISBN 13: 9780679736981
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Reader ratings: 3.7
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Goodis’ penultimate novel, Night Squad, is a hardboiled cop novel starring Corey Bradford as the fallen, disgraced cop. The crime tale is set in a South Philly gritty locale known back then (1961) as The Swamp, a geographical feature that’s used in a fairly tense chase scene. Night Squad is a serviceable effort, but I’ve read better Goodis novels.
For me, there’s too much introspection, a lot of it set off in italics, done here by Bradford. His mental conflicts, especially over the questions of morality, strike me as overdone if not a bit repetitive. Therefore the narrative pace bogs down in places. He makes for a credible world-weary ex-cop with a “lazy smile,” cussed nature, and hard fists. I suppose he might qualify as a cliché, although he’s pretty complex and well-drawn.
Goodis captures the exact mannerisms and subtleties of his characters. I loved the sharp, often ironic dialogue. The setting was descriptive. Colorful minor characters like the impish runt Carp, the luscious femme fatale Lita, and remorseless crime boss Grogan help to rescue the novel from mediocrity.
I remain a big Goodis fan, but this isn’t a title by him I’d consider rereading. He just wrote better novels, Street of No Return and Nightfall are two for instance, that deserve it more.
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Read information about the authorBorn 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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