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Michael DirdaWhile I've known for a long time that William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley (1946) was an established classic of noir fiction, I was utterly unprepared for its raw, Dostoevskian power. Why isn't this book on reading lists with Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts and Albert Camus' The Stranger? It's not often that a novel leaves a weathered and jaded reviewer like myself utterly flattened, but this one did…Yet it's more than just a steamy noir classic. As a portrait of the human condition, Nightmare Alley is a creepy, all-too-harrowing masterpiece.
—The Washington Post