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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The classic novel of the Dillinger era in America "Love as hot as a blow torch . . . crime as vicious as the jungle" (from the original 1948 edition)
Paperback, 250 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Serpent's Tail (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
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
Rob Kitchin
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 invecchiar ...more
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
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.
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.

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).
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.
This is one nasty hard as hell crime fiction piece.
My first venture into "hardboiled" & I think I'm obsessed.
Nikita Svetlov
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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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