David Goodis (1917-1967) was an American author of noir fiction novels. He grew up in a Philadelphia household where his dreams of writing were encouraged. After a short stint at the University of Indiana, David returned home to earn a degree in journalism in 1937.

David Goodis made his debut as a published author in 1939 with the novel Retreat from Oblivion. Below is a list of David Goodis’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Retreat from Oblivion(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Passage(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Behold This Woman(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nightfall(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Of Missing Persons(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cassidy's Girl(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Of Tender Sin(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Street of the Lost(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burglar(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Moon in the Gutter(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Friday(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blonde on the Street Corner(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Street of No Return(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wounded and the Slain(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Down There(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fire in the Flesh(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night Squad(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Somebody's Done For(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


Notes: Nightfall was also published as Missing Believed Murdered, as The Dark Chase, and as Convicted. Down There was also titled Shoot the Piano Player.

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David Goodis Synopsis: Dark Passage is a standalone title by David Goodis. Given life in San Quentin for the alleged murder of his wife, Vince Parry escapes in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence. A fugitive from justice, in the depths of despair, he finds refuge with a beautiful woman as he struggles to unravel a nightmarish plot.

In Cassidy’s Girl by David Goodis, they say that a man needs a woman to go to hell with. Cassidy had two. One was Mildred, the wife who kept him chained with ties of fear and jealousy and paralyzing sexual need. The other was Doris, a frail angel with a 100-proof halo and a bottle instead of a harp. With those two, Cassidy found that the ride to hell could be twice as fast.

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