From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 02 Oct 2002

Bill Crider said: I remember a lengthy discussion at one time of David Goodis, which led me to read eight or ten of his books in a row and do a commentary on each one of them. I was depressed for days afterward, as I recall.

********** From SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, I gather that Goodis has a three-prong approach to writing. First he makes you really empathize with the characters. Second, he makes you think that they might really get out of this mess OK. Third, hope is crushed beneath the heel of fate, and the most horrible depressing things happen to the characters you care most about.

Great, ain't he? I've got my eye on THE BLONDE ON THE STREET CORNER.


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