Nothing But A Man
Popular Library, New York, 1970
The blurb on the back:
A one-man battle for dignity... for love... but mostly for manhood...
The film of Nothing But A Man came out in 1964 at the peak of the Civil Rights struggle, and was a major critical hit for its sensitive and dignified portrayal of racial issues. (You'll notice how easily I slip into the language of the era.)
Nowadays the movie is pretty much forgotten, but it's still not a bad piece of work. No revelations, nothing startling, just solid, competent and intelligent. And the same's true of the book which was put together by the veteran pulp-meister Jim Thompson (probably best-known for the novels that inspired the films The Grifters and The Getaway). Worthwhile, not just worthy.
What I'm not sure about is why it took so long for the book to emerge.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5