Divided into sections like ‘The War Between Men and Women’ ; ‘The Private Dick; ‘A Cop’s Life’ and’ Victims of Circumstance’, the author’s top notch research and his ability to analyse each film is first rate.
For instance, this is how he describes Marie Windsor in The Narrow Margin:
“Tall,broad-shouldered – a dame who looks as if she could eat half of the men on the planet before breakfast – she makes an enormously strong impression….she matches Charles McGraw gesture for gesture,retort for retort.”
Or his description of The Big Sleep: “A wildly eventful film that’s not really about story at all but about character,attitude and style”.
On Kiss Me Deadly: “With Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldrich created not just a great film noir,nor just a great American movie of the 50′s,but one of the most vigorous and electrifying films ever.”
That’s Glenn Ford in Gilda on the cover. I spotted one tiny typo – It’s Robert Hutton,not Brian Hutton in The Racket.
I’d rate this book second on my list of best Noir books – Eddie Muller’s Dark City:The Lost World of Film Noir’ is still the best.