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Re: David Gordon waxes on the nocturnal inferno in Woolrich's DEADLINE AT DAWN
Certainly not a standard biography, to be sure, but a treasure trove of info about stories that still remain hard to find, and a touchstone for work that's followed (such as the more traditionally organized effort by Thomas Renzi, FROM PULP NOIR TO FILM NOIR, which tracks stories/novels to films and a few TV shows, though it's by no means complete). I think Wisconsin Mark's comments on Amazon are fairly accurate: there's a definitive work lurking in Nevins' material, but he doesn't pull it off--possibly because Woolrich is the type of figure capable of defeating any such effort. My sense is that Nevins was somewhat affected by his attempt to do so, as evidenced by his more orthodox biographical efforts on other subjects.