Street of No Return

Street of No Return - David Goodis, Robert Polito A good Goodis!As usual, the main character's obsessional relationship with a woman is the start of his problems, and his refusal to give her up the catalyst for his downfall.I liked the use of flashback to tell the story of Whitey's descent. It was reminiscent of the Paris flashback in "Casablanca", but dark, twisted and without a trace of noble sentiment at the end.I really liked Lieutenant Pertnoy and wish Goodis had made more use of him: a very unusual police officer.