I subscribed about 2 months ago and have been enjoying all
the discussions and great info. I started reading Wade Miller
-among others - because of you folks.
I'm a writer/director living in the Los Angeles area. I
joined this group after a web search for Richard Prather led
me here. Okay, enough of that.
The reason I finally spoke up was because I just happened to
meet Mr. Bezzarides last night. (Saturday Jan 22). The Los
Angeles MOCA is running a Bogart series and last night they
showed to fine prints of THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT and
Buzz - he insisted I call him Buzz - was the guest speaker.
He wrote the novel Long Haul - made as They Drive By Night,
and adapted, Coup De Grace (as Sirocco) for the screen.
An interesting man - learned very little about his writing
career - he wanted to talk about his childhood. He was the
son of a Greek produce hauler in California. I think that
explains a lot. Thieves Market and Long Haul are both set
He adapted his Thieves Market as Thieves Highway in '49 -
adapted On Dangerous Ground in '51 and in '55 adapted A
Bullet for Joey and Kiss Me Deadly.
He didn't want to talk about his novels at all. He really
loved talking about his childhood. And he was
"Timothy S. Oliver" wrote:
> One of the bad guys in Pelecanos' newest, Shame the
Devil, reads "two
> paperback novels by Edward Anderson and A.I. Bezzarides."
> Amazon shows one book by Anderson called Thieves Like Us. It apparently was
> made into a movie twice. Once by Altman.
> Amazon lists two by Bezzarides. One is called Thieves Market. It's about
> Greek produce haulers in California's Central Valley. Sounds a lot like
> Thieves Highway, the old noir flick with Richard Conte.
> Both authors wrote in the 30s and 40s. I've never heard of either.
> Presumably Pelecanos' reference is praise.
> Anyone know anything about these two writers?
> Tim Oliver
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