Horace McCoy


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in Pegram, Tennessee, The United States
April 14, 1897

Died
December 15, 1955

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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? (1935) and the noir classic Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1948). Though underappreciated in his own time, McCoy is now recognized as a peer of Dashiell Hammett and James Cain. He died in Beverly Hills, California, in 1955.

Average rating: 3.89 · 7,768 ratings · 718 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

3.85 avg rating — 6,012 ratings — published 1935 — 66 editions
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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

3.89 avg rating — 376 ratings — published 1948 — 22 editions
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I Should Have Stayed Home

3.67 avg rating — 361 ratings — published 1938 — 25 editions
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No Pockets in a Shroud

3.51 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 1937 — 28 editions
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Four Novels: They Shoot Hor...

4.53 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1983 — 2 editions
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Non si uccidono così anche ...

4.40 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1935 — 2 editions
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¿Acaso no matan a los cabal...

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The Mopper-Up

3.29 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Scalpel

3.45 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1952 — 15 editions
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Corruption City: A Novel

3.13 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1975 — 12 editions
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“It's peculiar to me,' she said, 'that everybody pays so much attention to living and so little to dying. Why are these high-powered scientists always screwing around trying to prolong life instead of finding pleasant ways to end it? There must be a hell of a lot of people in the world like me--who want to die but haven't got the guts.”
Horace McCoy

“Let's go sit and hate a bunch of people.”
Horace McCoy

“there is no new experience in life. something may happen to you that you think has never happened before, that you think is brand new, but you are mistaken. you have only to see or smell or hear or feel a certain something and you will discover that this experience you thought was new has happened before.”
Horace McCoy, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

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