Originally published in 1938 and turned into the Raoul Walsh film They Drive By Night (1940) starring Humphrey Bogart and George Raft, A.I. Bezzerides' first novel is a fast-paced, hardboiled story about the hard world of independent truckers.
Struggling trucker brothers Nick and Paul Benay—hauling their produce loads between Los Angeles and San Francisco—are driving day and night, fighting fatigue and the fear of falling asleep at the wheel with endless doses of black coffee and facing the dangers of the California highway.
This editon comes with a brand new introduction by Jake Hinkson, noir expert and author of Hell on Church Street and The Blind Alley.
“Bezzerides wrote with the progressive passion of John Steinbeck and the noir sensibility of James M. Cain. Anyone who wants to understand the bare-knuckled and blue-collar world of mid-20th century America has to read Buzz Bezzerides.” Alan K. Rode, Film Noir Foundation director and author of Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy and Sit On The Camera, Pant Like a Tiger: The Life and Films of Michael Curtiz
“Whether writing screenplays or novels, ‘Buzz’ Bezzerides was instrumental in defining ‘noir’. His in-depth studies of what drives the good, the bad and the ugly, helped articulate the past as much as it informs the present. Read his novels, see his films. They concern real people, immigrant communities, troubled lives and hard times. Which is to say, his work is a primer for understanding the dark side of what and how we are.” Woody Haut, author of Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood
Albert Isaac ‘A.I.’ Bezzerides (1908-2007) was the author of three novels and became one of Hollywood's top screenwriters. He is best known for his screenplays for three classic film noirs: Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway, Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground and Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly.