They Drive By Night (Long Hall) by A.I.( Albert Isaac) Bezzerides. With illustrations by Edward Smalle. Dell Publishing Co.(1938) (While the only date on this book is 1938, it must have been published in 1940 or later, as it appears not to have been titled 'They Drive By Night' until after the 1940 movie-although there is no mention of the movie on the book itself). "Life and Death on the roaring Highway". A Dell Mapback #416. Rack-sized paperback book has light wear to the cover spine. There are no previous owner markings,stains or smudges. There are no creases or folds to cover or pages, other than a light crease along the front and back of the cover spine. This book appears to have never been fully opened, let alone read. Binding is absolutely tight. There is a small goudge on the front cover.Not Ex-Library, Not Facsimile, Not Print on Demand.
Bezzerides had begun writing short stories as a student at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied electrical engineering. He was first published in a 1935 issue of Story Magazine, which printed his story, "Passage Into Eternity."
The novel The Long Haul (1938), which got him into the screenwriting business. It became the movie 'They Drive By Night' in 1940, a 1940 black-and-white film noir starring George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, and Humphrey Bogart, and directed by Raoul Walsh. (Wikipedea) AI07b