DAVID GOODIS

David Loeb Goodis (1917-1967) was one of the foremost writers of noir fiction. Check these links for more details of his life and work:

            Official website

            First line study

Here is a selection of front covers of various editions of David Goodis's books (click on thumbnail to enlarge)


RETREAT FROM OBLIVION

USA Dutton 1939 France 1989
US Dutton 1939 France 1989

DARK PASSAGE

USA 1946 USA 1947 UK 1947 USA 1948 UK 1999 UK 2003 France 1971
US Messner 1946 US Forum 1947 UK Heinemann 1947 US Dell 1948 UK Prion 1999 UK Prion 2003 France 1971
France 1981 France 1991 France 1998 France 2002 Finland 1990 Italy 2004
France 1981 France 1991 France 1998 France 2002 Finland 1990 Italy 2004

NIGHTFALL

USA 1947 USA 1949 USA 1956 UK Priory US 1987 Brazil 1959 France 1966
US Messner 1947 US Bestseller 1949 US Lion 1956 UK Priory 1970 US Black Lizard 1987 Brazil 1959 France 1966
France 1971 France 1979 Italy 2006 Germany 1999
France 1971 France 1979 Italy 2006 Germany 1999

NIGHTFALL was also published as THE DARK CHASE and CONVICTED

USA 1953 USA 2005 USA 1954
US Lion 1953 US Blackmask 2005 US Harlequin 1954

BEHOLD THIS WOMAN

USA 1947 USA 1948 USA 1956 France 19856
US Appleton 1947 US Bantam 1948 US Popular 1956 France 1985

OF MISSING PERSONS

USA 1950 USA 1951 USA 1956 France 1956 France 1965 France 1975 France 1986
US Morrow 1950 US Pocket 1951 UK Banner 1956 France 1956 France 1965 France 1975 France 1986

CASSIDY'S GIRL

USA 1951 USA 1955 USA 1961 USA 1967 USA 1987 USA 1992 USA 2005
US Gold Medal 1951 US Gold Medal 1955 US Gold Medal 1961 US Dell 1967 US Black Lizard 1987 US Vintage 1992 US Blackmask 2005
Brazil 1988 Brazil 2006 France 1982 France 1984
Brazil 1988 Brazil 2006 France 1982 France 1984

OF TENDER SIN

USA 1952 USA 1956 UK 2001 UK 2003 France 1988 France 1989
US Gold Medal 1952 US Gold Medal 1956 UK Serpent's Tail 2001 UK Serpent's Tail 2003 France 1988 France 1989

THE BURGLAR

USA 1953 UK 1988 France 1954 France 1969 France 1979 France 1993
US Lion 1953 UK S&S 1988 France 1954 France 1969 France 1979 France 1993

STREET OF THE LOST

USA 1953 USA 1957 UK 1970 France 1980 France 1982 France 1989
US Gold Medal 1953 US Gold Medal 1957 UK Priory 1970 France 1980 France 1982 France 1989

THE MOON IN THE GUTTER

USA 1953 UK 1998 Brazil 1984 Brazil 2005 France 1981 France 1983 France 1996
US Gold Medal 1953 UK Serpent's Tail 1998 Brazil 1984 Brazil 2005 France 1981 France 1983 France 1996
France 2005 Italy 2005
France 2005 Italy 2005

THE BLONDE ON THE STREET CORNER

USA 1954 UK 1997 France 1986
US Lion 1954 UK Serpent's Tail 1997 France 1986

BLACK FRIDAY

USA 1954 USA 1987 USA 1990 Brazil 1989 France 1955 France 1968 France 1990
US Lion 1954 US Black Lizard 1987 US Vintage 1990 Brazil 1989 France 1955 France 1968 France 1990
France 2002 Japan 2003
France 2002 Japan 2003

STREET OF NO RETURN

USA 1954 USA 1961 USA 1987 USA 1991 France 1956 France 1956 France 1967
US Gold Medal 1954 US Gold Medal 1961 US Black Lizard 1987 US Vintage 1991 France 1956 France 1956 France 1967
France 1987 France 1995 France 1998 Germany 1989
France 1987 France 1995 France 1998 Germany 1989

THE WOUNDED AND THE SLAIN

USA 1955 USA 2007 France 1977 France 1978 France 1986 France 1990
US Gold Medal 1955 US Hard Case 2007 France 1977 France 1978 France 1986 France 1990

DOWN THERE

USA 1956
US Gold Medal 1956

DOWN THERE was also published as SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER

USA 1962 USA 1987 USA 1990 UK 1999 Brazil 1985 Brazil 2005 France 1972
US Grove 1962 US Black Lizard 1987 US Vintage 1990 UK Prion 1999 Brazil 1985 Brazil 2005 France 1972
France 1992 France 1996 France 2001 Germany 1998 Italy 2003 Japan 2004
France 1992 France 1996 France 2001 Germany 1998 Italy 2003 Japan 2004

FIRE IN THE FLESH

USA 1957 Brazil 1959 France 1981 France 1990 France 1996 France 2002
US Gold Medal 1957 Brazil 1959 France 1981 France 1990 France 1996 France 2002

NIGHT SQUAD

USA 1961 USA 1992 USA 2005 USA 2005 France 1981 France 1990 France 1996
US Gold Medal 1961 US Vintage 1992 US Blackmask 2005 US Glenneyre 2005 France 1981 France 1990 France 1996
France 2002 Japan 1972
France 2002 Japan 1972

SOMEBODY'S DONE FOR (also known as THE RAVING BEAUTY)

USA 1967 UK 1990 France 1967 France 1975 France 1987 France 1987 France 1998
US Banner 1967 UK Xanadu 1990 France 1967 France 1975 France 1987 France 1987 France 1998

THE PLUNGE

France 1984
France 1984

COLLECTIONS

UK 1983 UK 2006 France 1988 France 1994 France 1994 France 2001
UK Zomba 1983 UK Serpent's Tail 2006 France 1988 France 1994 France 1994 France 2001



 Compiled by Dave Moore

 Thanks to Kurt Brokaw, Ziv Garcia, Ronald McGregor, Sunao Okada, Braulio Tavares, and Jeff Vorzimmer for providing some of the book cover images.




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