Beat The Devil
This is the classic '50s noir novel that brought John Huston and Humphrey Bogart together for the last time in film. Published under the pseudonym James Helvick, this sophisticated comedy-thriller was in fact the work of Claud Cockburn, whose early career as a Communist agitator prompted his publisher to demand a pseudonym in the McCarthy years. Beat the Devil shows how ef...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published 1985 by The Hogarth Press
(first published 1951)
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The first of four novels by the legendary left-wing journalist (and father of the writers Alexander, Andrew, and Patrick Cockburn) deals with a group of shady characters stranded in the South of France, trying to get to Africa to make their fortunes--if the ship is ever ready to sail, that is. Memorable characters and funny dialogue, but lacking in the political punch that marked Cockburn's journalistic and historical work, though the distrust of police and other authority figures evinced throug...more