Synopses & Reviews
A Depression drifter, Dick bums his way from Oklahoma to Los Angeles in search of his son and runaway wife. There he commits one crime, plans another, and gets arrested for something he didn't do. He is befriended by characters as lush and crazy as L.A. Deco: Quentin Genter, film director, decadent, collector of beauty and poison. Mamie, an indestructibly loving divorcee. Patsy, who gilds her sandals with radiator paint and becomes an adored evangelist. And a procession of crooks, shysters, rueful temptors and loopy saints. You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up
was a bestseller when originally published in 1938 and is a lost noir classic.
Selected and Introduced by famed creator Matt Groening.
A Depression drifter, Dick bums his way from Oklahoma to Los Angeles in search of his son and runaway wife. There he commits one crime, plans another, and gets arrested for something he didn't do. He is befriended by a lush and crazy procession of crooks, shysters, rueful temptors and unstable saints. You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up was a bestseller when originally published in 1938. Like the work of Hammett, Cain, and Horace McCoy, it is gritty and intensely readable. With a new introduction by famed Simpsons creator Matt Groening.
About the Author
Richard Hallas is the pseudonym for Eric Knight. Knight was born April 10, 1897 in Yorkshire, England. As the creator of Lassie Come Home
, he uses these lush countryside was the setting he chose for Lassie's adventures. Knight grew up in the mill towns where stories of "come-home" dogs were common. He was raised by an aunt and uncle and worked and went to school as a youngster part time. Immigrating to the US in 1912, he settled in Philadelphia. He studied music and art and attended the Cambridge Latin School in Massachusettes. In 1943, while serving as a major in the film unit of the U.S. Army Special Services section, he was killed in the crash of a military transport plane in the jungle of Surinam. You Play the Black and Red Comes Up
(1938) was his only crime novel. He is also the author of Lassie Come Home, The Flying Yorkshireman
, and the bestselling novel about the London blitz, This Above All
Matt Groening was born on February 15, 1954 in Portland, Oregon. He attended Evergreen State College and was the editor of the campus newspaper. He moved to LA in 1973 and sold his comic strip Life in Hell to the LA Weekly. Producer James L. Brooks asked Groening to create animated shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show and the legendary cartoon The Simpsons was born. Groening went on to also create the hit television cartoon Futurama. He has won at total of 12 Emmy Awards, 10 for The Simpsons and 2 for Futurama. Groening received the 2002 National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.