Re: RARA-AVIS: Rare Books - Long Haul by A I Bezzerides

Date: 13 Oct 2008

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    Jeff wrote:

    "I finally got my hands on a copy of A I Bezzerides Long Haul. Although I was sure it was noir fiction, I was pretty sure it wasn't crime fiction, if that's possible and it turned out it's not."

    So I take it the crime element in They Drive By Night was added for the film?

    "Bezzerides only wrote two novels, Thieves Highway being the other, and was known more as a screenwriter of film noir classics.
    "Is Thieves Highway crime fiction?"

    Can't answer that, as I haven't read it yet, but the jacket to my University of California Press copy of Thieves' Market (the novel's original name) describes it as "a fast-paced proletarian novel . . . inspired by the author's youthful experiences as a trucker hauling produce to the packing houses of Californias Central Valley.

    Also, the forward says he wrote three novels: Long Haul (1938), There Is A Happy Land (1942), "about a family of rural drifters, and Thieves' Market (1949).

    Didn't he die just a year or two ago?


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