Black Wings Has My Angel (Paperback)

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This lost classic of noir is maybe the best work of crime fiction you’ve never heard of. Long hard to find, it ranks right up there with the best of Chandler, Hammett, and other masters. Hopefully, now Chaze (who spent most of his career as a journalist in Hattiesburg, MS) will finally get the recognition that he deserves.

— Cody M.


This 1953 novel was praised by NPR as an "underappreciated hard-boiled masterpiece" and "a trip worth taking for anybody with a taste for the darker side of crime fiction." Narrated by a death-row killer, this unjustly obscure noir classic recounts the ultimate heist, undertaken by an escaped convict and a cheap prostitute with many talents, including driving getaway cars. "Flawless ... beyond perfection." -- New York magazine.

About the Author

After serving as a paratrooper in Japan during World War II, Elliott Chaze (1915-1990) settled in Mississippi, where he worked for 20 years as an award-winning reporter and editor at the Hattiesburg American. His nine novels include The Stainless Steel Kimono, which he based on his wartime experiences, Goodbye Goliath, and Wettermark.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780486824055
ISBN-10: 0486824055
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: July 18th, 2018
Pages: 208
Language: English