The Moon in the Gutter

Introduction by: Adrian Wootton
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 192
Subject: Fiction, Crime

The Moon in the Gutter

David Goodis

Paperback
9781852424497 (8 Dec 1998)
£9.99

About the book

In a back street in the rough end of Philadelphia, docker William Kerrigan obsesses over the mysterious suicide of his sister. Into a dive bar walks Loretta Channing the beautiful, enigmatic socialite and sister of Newton the drunk. For Kerrigan, Loretta's the impossible dream, the escape route from out of his hellhole existence, away from the crowded tenements, the shacks, the dark alleys. But Loretta may also hold the key to finding out what prompted his sister's death, the reason he can never break free. The Moon in the Gutter is a fierce and heated tale of desire and revenge. Made into a film starring Gerard Depardieu and Nastassia Kinski, it remains an enthralling classic of American noir fiction.

About the author

One of the greatest yet least appreciated American post-war crime writers, David Goodis was born in Philadelphia in 1917, and wrote his first novel, Retreat from Oblivion, in 1938. His big break came in 1946 with the publication of Dark Passage, which was made into a film starring Bogart and Bacall. During his life he wrote many short stories, film treatments, scripts for radio serials such as Superman, and seventeen novels including Shoot the Pianist (filmed by Truffaut). He died in 1967.

Reviews

A lethally potent cocktail of surreal description, brilliant language, cracker-barrel philosophy and gripping obsession

- Adrian Wootton

Nobody does despair like he did

- Time Out

Additional Information

Introduction by: Adrian Wootton
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 192
Subject: Fiction, Crime