Sunday, July 3, 2016

SQUEEZE by Chris Rhatigan

Another masterpeice from the great folks at ALL DUE RESPECT.  

Run and get this.  The Press At Its Best!

Scumbag newspaper reporter Lionel Kaspar aimlessly wanders from one scam to the next. Trying to claw his way to anywhere, Kaspar fabricates news stories and blackmails a local bureaucrat. What little success Kaspar stumbles upon he wastes betting on sports and drinking. But when Greg Hulas, his competitor, starts investigating him, Kaspar becomes desperate to maintain his position.


Sunday, June 26, 2016



Cassidy’s Girl is a $4M feature film based on the work of David Goodis
New Orleans,1954. You’re Jimmy Cassidy, a war hero and star
pilot, living well, dating debutants. That was before you lost
everything and wound up driving this crummy bus. At least
you have a hot hooch for a wife, Mildred. Too bad she’s worse
of a drunk than you.
On the same night you split up with her, after beating her
boyfriend but good, you pick up a grifter. A hot little stripper.
But, women being what they are, Mildred wants you back,
and her boyfriend, desperate to keep her, accidentally on purpose
causes your bus to crash off the Huey P. Long bridge, on a rainy
night. He makes you take the fall, so with the cops hot on your
trail, you you make a run for it.
Then Mildred puts everything she’d got into getting you back.

Friday, June 10, 2016

David Goodis And The Music That Guided Him (a la Woody Haut)

Once again Woody Haut takes back to the wonderful noir days of Tinseltown!  Now you cannot only shut your eyes and see David Goodis walking down Sunset Boulevard, but you can hear the tunes that inspired him.

Listen to BLACK NIGHT FALLING:David Goodis on Central Avenue at:


Listen to the music of CRY FOR A NICKEL, DIE FOR A DIME at:

Cry For a Nickel, Die For a Dime takes place in Los Angeles in the summer of 1960. JFK is in town, about to nominated by the Democrats for the upcoming presidential election; Dodger Stadium is under construction; the political influence of the Los Angeles Times’ Chandler family is at its height; Mickey Cohen is the city’s top mobster; rhythm and blues is being co-opted by large record companies; and the line separating business from organised crime has grown extremely narrow. So Cry For a Nickel, Die For a Dime sets out to investigate the various morbid symptoms produced by that particular period of transition and circumstances, fitting it all into the noir tradition of grand gesture and obsessive personalities, false turns and femmes fatales, corrupt individuals and absurd declarations, secret lives and shady pasts.

Music- jazz, blues and rhythm and blues- plays a big part in my novel Cry For a Nickel, Die For a Dime. Right down to the title of the novel, which, of course, comes from “Last Fair Deal Gone Down” by bluesman Robert Johnson:(click on hear and hear Robert Johnson)

Woody Haut is the Keynote Speaker at NoirCon 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A RETURN TO DAVID GOODIS by Philippe Garnier


Philippe Garnier

ISBN: 978271038891

80 illustrations couleur

230 pages


David Goodis is the cursed poet of noir. The fate of his heroes -- stuck between a haunting past and an inexorable decline (Shoot the Piano Player, Street of No Return, Black Friday) mirrors that of the precocious writer himself, who had known almost immediate commercial success as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He collapses one day, sinks into alcoholism and dies at fifty in 1967, to absolutely total indifference.

At least that’s the cliché that his readers on this side of the Atlantic persist in maintaining of him. Over there, in Philadelphia and in Hollywood, the exact opposite was true.

This book is neither a biography nor is it a book on the thriller genre. It is an investigation of literature and the images that infect it, to the point that it sometimes replaces it.

In 1984, Philippe Garnier published with Éditions de l’Olivier, a publishing house in Paris, David Goodis, une vie en noir et blanc, and stamped upon non-fiction a style unique in France.

In 2013, he wrote in English a new version of his work, David Goodis, A Life in Black & White, enriched by nearly twenty years of supplementary research.

A Return to David Goodis is the “the return to France” of the American edition, enriched for the first time in color with rare illustrations, brought together by a network of American

When a writer tells a story about another writer, even the stationary adventure of writing can be transformed into a high-speed chase.


He was born in Le Havre in 1949. Since 1981, he has been “the ear of the deaf” for the newspaper Libération. He also contributes to Les Inrockuptibles, a French cultural magazine. Garnier is known for his translations (John Fante, Charles Bukowski, James Salter, John Baker…) and also for translating a variety of authors in Gallimard’s La Noire series. He has published, among other titles, Honni soit qui Malibu (Grasset, 1996) as well as Caractères:
Moindres lumières à Hollywood (Grasset, 2006).

Translation: Gabriel Valjan

David Goodis and Shirley Gtossman (aka Grayson Hall),1963, The Barclay Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philippe Garnier
Format 140 x 205
ISBN : 9782710378891
80 illustrations couleur
230 pages

24 euros 

Parution le 20 octobre 2016

David Goodis est le poète maudit du roman noir. Le destin de ses héros coin-
cés entre un passé obsédant et une déchéance inexorable (Tirez sur le pianiste,

Sans espoir de retour, Vendredi 13) est à l’image du sien : écrivain précoce au suc-
cès commercial presque immédiat, scénariste à Hollywood, il se brise un jour,
sombre dans l’alcoolisme et meurt à cinquante ans dans l’indifférence la plus
totale, en 1967.

C’est du moins le cliché que s’acharnent à conserver de lui ses lecteurs de ce
côté-ci de l’Atlantique. Là-bas, à Philadelphie et à Hollywood, il en allait tout

Ce livre n’est ni une biographie ni un livre de plus sur le polar. C’est une enquête
sur la littérature et sur les images qui la parasitent au point, parfois, de prendre
sa place.

En 1984 Philippe Garnier fait paraître aux éditions de l’Olivier, David Goodis,
une vie en noir et blanc et impose la marque d’un style de non-fiction unique en

En 2013, il écrit directement en anglais une nouvelle version de son ouvrage,

David Goodis, A Life in Black & White, enrichie de près de vingt années de re-
cherches supplémentaires.

Retour vers David Goodis est le « retour en France » de l’édition américaine, en-
richie pour la première fois en couleurs d’une rare iconographie, réunie par un
réseau de collectionneurs américains.

Quand un écrivain raconte un autre écrivain, même l’aventure immobile de
l’écriture peut se transformer en course poursuite.

Philippe Garnier est né en 1949 au Havre. Il vit aujourd’hui à Los Angeles. À partir de 1981, il est « l’oreille du sourd » de Libération. Il collabore également aux

Inrockuptibles. Il est connu pour ses traductions (John Fante, Charles Bukowski, James Salter, John Baker... ) et a également traduit divers auteurs dans la collec-
tion « La Noire » aux éditions Gallimard. Il a publié, entre autres, Honni soit qui Malibu (Grasset, 1996) ou encore Caractères : Moindres lumières à Hollywood (Grasset, 2006).

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