Author: A.I. Bezzerides
Year Published: 1949
Description: Based on the author's own experiences as a young man, Thieves' Market by A.I. Bezzerides tells the story of Nick Garcos, a son of Greek immigrants, and his initiation into the corrupt and violent underworld of independent trucking and the produce industry in post-World War II California. The novel served as the basis for a film noir (the screenplay for which was also written by Bezzerides) released the same year titled "Thieves' Highway," which was directed by Jules Dassin and starred Richard Conte.
'There were women who made eight, ten dollars a day, women with powerful arms and clever eyes who could coordinate eye and finger and knife so that they wasted no motion except now and then to cast a glance at their neighbors to see if they were going faster; and if so, their hands went faster still."'
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