Monday, January 07, 2013

Pick-Up by Charles Willeford

(hb; 1955)

From the inside flap:

"Pick-Up. . . follows the pilgrimage of two lost and self-destructive lovers through the lower depths of San Francisco, from cheap bars and rooming houses to psychiatric clinics and police stations."


Review:


Despite it unremitting doomy vibe and the increasingly nihilistic decisions of its protagonists (Harry Jordan and Helen Meredith), this novella-short, sharp and waste-no-words tender read hooked me from the get-go. 

Pick-Up is an excellent, moving (without becoming bathetic), straightforward and fast-moving story that obviously isn't for everybody, but if you, as a reader, aren't afraid of noiresque turns of fate and characters who are clearly bent toward shadows, this just might be your bag.

Worth owning, this.

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