|Nightfall (1947) [Novel]|
by David Goodis
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When Jim Vanning, a navy officer just back from the war, stops to help three survivors of a car accident, the men, bank robbers on the run, kidnap him and take his car. Through a combination of the robbers’ attempts to set him up and chance, he manages to shoot the hit man hired to kill him first and escape with the robbers' swag, but in his panic to get away he loses the satchel in the woods. Now the cops are after him for murder and his old pals will stop at nothing to get their money back. And he can’t figure how the woman he clicked with in the bar right before the hoods grabbed him up fits into all of it.
Original title: Nightfall
Alternative titles: The Dark Chase
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Noir