The first Pulp Friday for 2014 needs no introduction, Night Squad by the legendary US noir writer, David Goodis.
The cover above is from the first printed edition of the book, by Gold Medal Books in 1961.
I love the seamy noir atmosphere created by this cover. I also love the back cover blurb:
“The loneliest man on earth.
The Night Squad wanted Corey on its team, and the racket boys wanted him, too.
The trouble was that Corey wanted them both. But the cops had offered Corey only a badge, while Walter Grogan had bribed him with big money. Both sides were brutal, both knew as much about the slums as the rats infesting it. And Corey Bradford walked a tightrope between them, not knowing whether the man who smiled at him one day would be aiming a bullet at his head the next.”