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."


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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