No Good from a Corpse

No Good from a Corpse

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by Leigh Brackett
     
 

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Legendary SciFi writer Leigh Brackett (who won a posthumous award for the screenplay to Empire Strikes Back), began her career as a writer trying to reach the pages of Black Mask. She was never successful in this, but her Chandler-influenced novel No Good From a Corpse was so impressive in its hard-boiled dialogue that Howard Hawks insisted its author, unseen, be…  See more details below

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Legendary SciFi writer Leigh Brackett (who won a posthumous award for the screenplay to Empire Strikes Back), began her career as a writer trying to reach the pages of Black Mask. She was never successful in this, but her Chandler-influenced novel No Good From a Corpse was so impressive in its hard-boiled dialogue that Howard Hawks insisted its author, unseen, be brought in to work on the screenplay adaption of The Big Sleep (together with a fella by the name of Faulkner.) Though Hawks was stunned to discover that Leigh was a woman, she got the job, and worked on what was probably the best film adaptation of a Chandler novel.

No Good From a Corpse offers hard-boiled private eye Ed Clive, who gets involved with a dead girl, and suspects every one of her boyfriends-an ex-husband, a playboy, a blackmailer and a brute. There's a woman suspect as well, and a long chase through Sunset Strip.

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ISBN-13:
9781596540262
Publisher:
Disruptive Publishing
Publication date:
07/21/2004
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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No Good from a Corpse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brackett is known for her SciFi, but this noir thriller has plenty of snappy 'flatfoot' dialog and clever plot twists. Lots of memorable characters get involved in this mystery. This book was hard to put down. No wonder Howard Hawks hired Leigh Brackett to help William Faulkner write the screenplay for Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" starring Bogart and Bacall.