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DOWNLOAD å Cassidy's Girl å They say that a man needs a woman to go to hell with Cassidy had two One was Mildred the wife who kept him chained with ties of fear and jealousy and paralyzing sexual need The other was Doris a frail angel with a 100 proof halo and a bottle instead of a harp With those two Cassidy found that the ride to hell could be twice as Author a virtuoso of the hard boiled a fiercely compelling ploy; characters who self destruct in spectacularly unpredictable ways; and an insider's knowledge of all the routes to the bottom. If ‘Noir Fiction’ is defined as a sub genre of the hardboiled with an “emphasis on sexual relationships and the use of sex to advance the plot and the self destructive ualities of the lead characters” Then Goodis wrote that definition in ‘Cassidy’s Girl’ In deed practically every character in this minor master piece is self destructive and bent on the failure of the very idea of redemption for Jim Cassidy see the rest of the review on Crimeways

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Is a frail angel with a 100 proof halo and a bottle instead of a harp With those two Cassidy found that the ride to hell could be twice as fastCassidy's Girl has all the traits that made its. Although the character types and the setting are completely different the knock down drag out verbal and physical battles between the men and women characters in this Goodis novel had me continuously visualizing Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton from that great movie based on the Edward Albee play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf So that is a big part of this novel the characters guzzle booze and fight The other part of the novel is Cassidy's arc He's a disgraced airline pilot who crashed a plane and is now driving a bus for a living After a boozy brawl with his buxom wife he dumps her for an alcoholic waif Cassidy should be watching out for the woman scorned but isn't Fights with her lover instead and then foolishly lets the guy on his bus in the seat behind his driver's seat with a flask of booze Can you see what is coming On the run helped by friends doing harm than good Cassidy can't stop thinking about saving the alcoholic waif and his wrong decisions keep stacking up Enter stage left his scorned and vengeful wife And so it goes The dialogue gets a bit repetitive at times but Goodis also portrays these self destructive lives with some beautiful prose

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Cassidy's GirlThey say that a man needs a woman to go to hell with Cassidy had two One was Mildred the wife who kept him chained with ties of fear and jealousy and paralyzing sexual need The other was Dor. Cassidy's Girl was first published in 1951 and was written by David Goodis a prolific author of pulp paperback originals Goodis is perhaps best known for his novel Dark Passage which was later turned into a film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Near the end of his life Goodis died when he was only forty nine he would insist that the concept for the television series The Fugitive had been stolen from Dark PassageGoodis specialized in writing about characters that were down on their luck and had basically been kicked to the curb by polite mainstream society and Cassidy's Girl is filled with such people At the center of the novel is Cassidy who was once a respected high flying airline captain living the good life But then a passenger plane he was piloting crashed on takeoff and a number of people were killed Although Cassidy was not at fault he was blamed for the crash As a conseuence he lost his job and his life began the downward spiral that ultimately finds him working as a bus driver in Philadelphia He lives in a rundown apartment on the waterfront in the seediest part of town with his wife Mildred Theirs is a very rough dysfunctional relationship with lots of drunken physical abuse on both sides Their fights most often end in bouts of very rough wild sex to which both Cassidy and Mildred seem addicted but no wonder given that Mildred was a wild animal a living chunk of dynamite that exploded periodically and caused Cassidy to explode and these rooms were of a battleground than a homeCassidy and Mildred have a small circle of friends all of whom are serious alcoholics These people spend virtually all of their waking hours at a dive bar called Lundy's where they drink themselves into oblivion and as the book opens the reader can only wonder where Goodis is going to take these charactersNot very far it turns out which is really too bad I loved the first half of this book which I thought had a great set up for the kind of really dark nasty sexy plot that leads people to read pulp novels in the first place But sadly there's no payoff of any conseuence These characters drink and smoke and fight and have sex and then drink some Cassidy will become disenchanted with Mildred and infatuated with another woman Bad luck will continue to be his constant companion and his life will continue to disintegrate even further Meanwhile the other minor characters around him will continue to drink themselves blind and offer very bad adviceThis really isn't a crime novel since no crime of any conseuence actually occurs Rather it turns out to be something of a sociological study of a group of people that you'd never want to hang out with The plot such as it is becomes increasingly unbelievable as the book progresses until it reaches a climax which will simply leave a lot of readers shaking their heads in frustrationI think there was a lot of unrealized potential in this story and as I said there were parts of it that I really enjoyed But in the end the book failed to live up to the promise of the opening pages and by the time it was over I'm sorry to say that I no longer wanted to spend any additional time with either Cassidy or his girl