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Elliott Chaze (1915–1990)

Author of Black Wings Has My Angel

16 Works 430 Members 21 Reviews

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Canonical name
Chaze, Elliott
Legal name
Chaze, Lewis Elliott
Birthdate
1915
Date of death
1990
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Mamou, Louisiana, USA

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Without doubt, this is one of the great masterpieces of noir fiction, worthy to stand with the renowned classics of the genre like Double Indemnity, Build My Gallows High, and They Don't Dance Much. Elliot Chaze's novel had, like the author himself, fallen into obscurity since its publication in 1953, but now has been rediscovered. How lucky for us! This tale of crime, lust, and gnawing guilt goes down like the smoothest whisky but punches the gut like a sledgehammer. This novel is not to be missed.… (more)
 
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jumblejim | 20 other reviews | Aug 26, 2023 |
Pretty good noir. There is an odd little Nick Adams-like part stuck in the middle. As others have commented, this is even darker than typical noir, and the characters are a long way from attractive.
 
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markm2315 | 20 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
A tersely written crime story interwoven with a story about obsessive love and existential terror. That is a lot of weight to carry in 200 odd pages, but on the whole it is well done.
 
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TomMcGreevy | 20 other reviews | May 16, 2023 |
By far, this is one of the best noir novels I have ever read. The writing is outstanding, and it’s one of the few novels where the author can make you at least partly sympathize with the protagonist, who is one of the many unlikable characters in the book. A remarkable achievement.
 
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luke66 | 20 other reviews | Oct 22, 2022 |

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Works
16
Members
430
Popularity
#56,815
Rating
4.1
Reviews
21
ISBNs
32
Languages
4

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