Night and the City

Night and the City

by Gerald Kersh

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Gerald Kersh

Edited and with an Introduction by Paul Duncan

Its characters are a repellent crew, but each in his own moral decay and intellectual vacuum is brilliantly portrayed. It is certainly the best novel of this kind. New York Times

The first title in iBooks' series of classic mysteries, the cover art and design is by legendary artist Steranko, who also designed the covers for iBooks re-releases of Cornell Woolriches The Bride Wore Black, Phantom Lady and Rear Window.

Ping! went the clock, on the first stroke of eight. Up and down the street shops began to close. West Central started to flare and squirm in a blazing veinwork of neon tubes. Bursting like inexhaustible fireworks, the million colored bulbs of the electric signs blazed in perpetual recurrence over the face of the West End.

It is in this atmospheric 1930s London that Harry Fabian dreams of becoming a top-wrestling promoter. He has just one problem: he needs money. Not too much, only one hundred quid, but it might as well be a million because he needs the money by the end of the week. What's more, London is at the height of the Depression, and he makes his money by selling his girlfriend to men, and the police are arresting pimps like him to clean up the streets for the forthcoming Coronation of George VI.

Fabian delves into the seedy underbelly of Soho visiting clip joints, jazz clubs, wrestling gyms, bottle bars, Turkish baths and all night cafes hunting for victims to blackmail and con. By the end of his journey he will have traveled into the depths of immorality and depravity, dragging everybody he knows with him.

Night and the City, first published in 1938, has inspired two films, the 1950 film noir starring Richard Widmark and Gene Tierney filmed in London by blacklisted director Jules Dassin and the 1992 remake set in New York and starring Robert DeNiro and Jessica Lange.

Gerald Kersh (1911 - 1968) was born in Teddington-on-Thames, London and died penniless as an American citizen in Kingston, New York. He wrote over 1,000 articles, 400 short stories and 19 novels. His account of infantry training, They Died With Their Boots Clean (1941), became an instant best-seller during World War II, and launched Kersh on a glittering career where he has been ranked alongside Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich.

The editor of this edition of Night and City is Paul Duncan, who is currently putting the finishing touches to his biography of Gerald Kersh. He is the series editor for Pocket Essentials, for which he has written books on Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Film Noir and Noir Fiction. He is the co-founder of Crime Time magazine, edited The Third Degree: Crime Writers in Conversation and has contributed to Mystery Scene, Speaking of Murder, Deadly Women and The Big Book of Noir. He has written three graphic novels, Second City, Overload and Beautiful People, and his mystery fiction has been published in various anthologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781876964511
Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/02/1993
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 381 KB

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