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Thieves' Market

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.

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'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."'

Thieves' Market

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