Nathan, the book is just as contrived as the movie. Hell, even his book based on amnesia (Nightfall?) seems less contrived than Dark Passage. It was the first Goodis I read (before seeing the movie, which is a pretty faithful rendering). It still amazes me that I ever read another. But I'm glad I did. Most of his books contain coincidences, but I have found them far more tolerable. Street of No Return may be my favorite Goodis and it entirely depends upon the coincidence of a ex just happening to walk down the street where a homeless drunk nurses his bottle. He decides to follow her.
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