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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  261 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
McCoy’s hardboiled noir classic, about an Ivy League graduate’s criminal rampage through the seedy underground and glitzy high society of an unnamed American city

To escape prison, Ralph Cotter uses the same genius for planning and penchant for cold-hearted violence that helped earn him a spot in the slammer in the first place. On the lam in a city where he knows nobody, Co
ebook, 250 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published 1948)
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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is hardboiled fiction in the finest tradition. Whatever you believe pulp noir or hardboiled writing is, you’ll find it here. Tough guys, sexy women, crooked lawyers, dishonest cops, blackmail, betrayal, manipulation, sex and violence, it’s all in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, and it all hits home hard.

As a fan of hardboiled crime fiction, you’d think I’d have fallen in love with this one and I would have had the cover bronzed and framed to sit above my fireplace. If so, you’d thin
Robert Carraher
Nov 03, 2012 Robert Carraher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second of Horace McCoy’s noir classics, republished in April by Open Road Media in a nicely formatted eBook with perhaps the most extensive biography of McCoy available. Published in 1948 at the start of what scholars consider the beginning of the Noir/Paperback era in crime fiction (and the end of the hardboiled era of authors like Dashiell Hammett, Chandler and the pulp magazines and their authors) , Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye leans towards the hardboiled genre, that had just past, but enters t ...more
Carla Remy
Mar 30, 2015 Carla Remy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An intense book. My opinion kept shifting. But it was lively and entertaining, and I liked it overall. Plenty of sex and violence, though the sex, at least, isn't graphic. The other book of his I read, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (more famous, these days, because of an old movie) is from 1935, and this is from 1948. Interesting. It seems that McCoy, in those decades, was a big name in noir.
Juan Jiménez García
Horace McCoy. Tratado de inmoralidad

Hay escritores que están condenados a ser recordados por algo que va más allá de ellos. Pongamos: por haber escrito guiones de películas para Raoul Walsh, Nicholas Ray o Henry Hathaway (aunque ninguna memorable). Pongamos: por haber sido adaptado por Sydney Pollack (Danzad, danzad, malditos) o, esperando algo más de conocimientos cinematográficos, por Jean-Pierre Mocky (Un linceul n'a pas de poches). Quizás: por una película interpretada por James Cagney (Cora
M Hewitt
Oct 24, 2015 M Hewitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I throughly enjoyed this book. I first saw the film many years ago and as a collector/avid watcher of Cagney films the film became my number 1 favourite of all time. I'm glad I watched the film before I read the book as the film was slightly watered down by Warner Brothers. This meant that I got far more enjoyment out of the book as I was getting a lot more of the same.

Horace McCoy has captured the essence of 1940's America (actually it's more 1920's in my opinion). I was literally thrown
Rob Kitchin
Jun 29, 2014 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is considered to be a noir classic, first published in 1948 and made into a movie starring James Cagney in 1950. The story charts the scheming, amoral life of ‘Ralph Cotter’ (one of a set of aliases), who compulsively lies, cheats, steals and, with little prompting, kills or commits violence. The strength of the book is the characterisation and the interplay between the main protagonists, especially Ralph and femme fatale, Holiday, who uses her sexuality to twist men round ...more
Христо Блажев
Стреляй в живота – или той ще стреля в теб:

Макар на корицата да има само едно име, че и отзад информацията е единствено за „Уморените коне ги убиват, нали?“, томчето съдържа още два страхотни романа на Хорас Маккой – „Прости се с утрешния ден“ и „Саванът няма джобове“. Събрани на едно място, трите творби допълват екзистенциалната си философия, предават си щафетата в градиращите морални избори и в крайна сметка надграждат хуманистичното си внушение – ей та
Procyon Lotor
Uscito nel 1948, un tipico hard-boiled in bianco e nero (pi nero). Doveva fare impressione a gente uscita dalla seconda guerra mondiale e ci riusc. Ottimo esempio di assassino che si racconta - lui il narratore - e linguaggio da "te lo dico tanto poi ti sparo". Oggi, scrivere un giallo o un thriller o un noir (qualsiasi cosa voglia dire - noir ricordo nasce come giallo dal colore delle copertine, nere in Francia e gialle da noi) agganciandosi troppo alla tecnologia rischia di fare invecchiare i ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part thriller, part mystery, noir tale, part psychological unveiling, a dark kaleidoscope of violence and emotion-- this remarkable novel of 1948 by the author the Depression classic "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" keeps the reader off guard from start to finish, to the point where we sympathize with the cold-blooded killer who is the narrator/protagonist. No one in the book is without blame or guilt, none of them are admirable or "good" people, yet they are fascinating creations within the dar ...more
Dec 11, 2007 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one nasty hard as hell crime fiction piece.
Augusto Delgado
Apr 22, 2016 Augusto Delgado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was an amazing story about a college graduated criminal decided to demonstrate that he chose to be a criminal, and he was a criminal not because a drunk father hitting him and her mother in the slums of society, but because he proceeded to exercise his will and intelligence for criminal purposes. Lots of arrogance and hubris on his behaviour, toppled with disdain towards fellow criminals on either side of the law.
The smell of a Spanish perfume "huele de noche" when meeting a rich spoi
Theodore Kinni
Jan 20, 2016 Theodore Kinni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Time mag review form 1948 starts: "If one of the dead-end kids were to write a novel, with the aid of an unabridged dictionary, the result might be something like Kiss Tomorrow Good-Bye. It is one of the nastiest novels ever published in this country." Recommendation enough for crime noir fans?
Rachel Mykkanen
Well, it did get more interesting toward the end, and I definitely didn't see the ending coming. Overall, it wasn't an enjoyable read. I like an unreliable narrator, but not an entirely unlikable one. This one is painfully pretentious, without its being tempered by any self-doubt. His psychic depths make the ending so odd, and must provide fodder for some more analytical reads, but I don't think I'll bother with any more McCoy.
Jan 28, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed Horace McCoy's engaging and gritty novel.
Dec 29, 2013 Huckleberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, mystery, crime
This book had most of the elements you would expect in a hard-boiled/noir novel. Sexy women, several corrupt characters from cops, lawyers to the main protagonist's cohorts. Every one with their own motive. The book starts with a bang with a great description of the prison life and breakout. The book moves along at a great pace until part 2 when Ralph meets M. Dobson and then the author starts to pull in elements, bit at a time, of Ralph's past that forms his later actions but also drags the boo ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Agatha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. I discovered it after I watched the movie starring James Cagney. Because of the movie, though, I knew the ending, so I wasn't surprised too much. The main character, Ralph Cotter, was extremely interesting and very disturbing at times. The other characters were good too, though Holiday (Ralph's moll) got irritating at times. The story starts out with a bang, but towards the middle of the book, the story lags. Other than that, this book was really good read.
Jul 15, 2008 Mikel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
from the first line this novel takes off with a whirlwind topped only by Jim Thompson at his best. Read this before They Shoot Horses Don't They, indeed was the only reason why I read that book, and in all honesty I couldn;t get enough. One of the more graphic sex and violence novels from that era. I cannot imagine how they got away with making a film of this at that time......
This is one intense book. Extremely graphic for a late 40s crime novel. Closer to what came out in the late '50s (and that's only with Jim Thompson) and even later.

UPDATE, June 22, 2010: It's intense in terms of content matter, but it's kind of pretentious, and now getting a little annoying.
Jan 23, 2010 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-novel
Atypical late 40's crime novel. Sociopathic main character reminded me of some of Elmore Leonard's crazed dirtbags. Some excellent writing and very funny dialogue that hasn't dated in 60+ years. Interesting to read a book like this that was years ahead of most other books of the genre.
Jun 30, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Started out promising but only made it to pg.95- it got tedious real fast. Perhaps I'll try to get back into it at a later date. ( Had high hopes as I love noir and especially the crazy-ass novels of Jim Thompson in the 50's).
Jan 16, 2009 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A hard-boiled classic. While McCoy is mainly known for "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", this book is his masterpiece. It deserves to be rediscovered.
Ana Paola
Un poco raro, no era lo que esperaba por la sinopsis, sobretodo el personaje, no me da la idea ni cercana a la descripción que hacen de él en la contraportada.
Jan 22, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first venture into "hardboiled" & I think I'm obsessed.
Nikita Svetlov
Jul 27, 2011 Nikita Svetlov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmosphere on the top
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Horace Stanley McCoy (1897–1955) was an American novelist whose gritty, hardboiled novels documented the hardships Americans faced during the Depression and post-war periods. McCoy grew up in Tennessee and Texas; after serving in the air force during World War I, he worked as a journalist, film actor, and screenplay writer, and is author of five novels including They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (193 ...more
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