Dark Passage / by Kyle Vernier


I got this collection of David Goodis novels published The Library of America as a gift from my brother and his girlfriend for Christmas this year. First I want to say I love The Library of America. They are a nonprofit publisher of significant American works of literature who produce archive quality editions of the work they publish. 

Dark Passage reminded me a lot of a Jim Thompson novel. The main character, Vincent Parry, has these sort of internal conversations with himself and other dead people.  He is an escaped convict, imprisoned for the murder of his wife. Honestly most things go his way, and unlike most Jim Thompson characters he is not a total pyschopath. I didn't think Dark Passage was as cinematic in feel as Nightfall was, but it is a very compelling read. Goodis ends each chapter on perfectly placed cliffhanger.