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Bannion è un poliziotto d'onore. Ma nella città in cui vive l'onore è scomparso, sostituito dall'Onorata Società che è tutta un'altra cosa. E quando Deery, un suo collega, si suicida, Bannion sospetta che quel gesto lui l'abbia compiuto per disperazione, perché coinvolto in qualcosa di losco. Ne è convinta l'ex-amante di Deery, ma non la moglie che sostiene che suo maritoBannion è un poliziotto d'onore. Ma nella città in cui vive l'onore è scomparso, sostituito dall'Onorata Società che è tutta un'altra cosa. E quando Deery, un suo collega, si suicida, Bannion sospetta che quel gesto lui l'abbia compiuto per disperazione, perché coinvolto in qualcosa di losco. Ne è convinta l'ex-amante di Deery, ma non la moglie che sostiene che suo marito era molto, molto malato. Bannion comunque è deciso ad andare fino in fondo per scoprire la verità. Qualcuno, però, che non vuole che la verità venga a galla, prima tenta di impedirgli di continuare le indagini, facendolo richiamare dai superiori, poi passa all'azione per ridurlo al silenzio, per sempre. Il romanzo, che narra la l'eterna lotta tra bene e male, è amaro, ma anche liberatorio. Uscito nel 1954 col titolo "La città che scotta", è stato riproposto col titolo "Il grande caldo", lo stesso del film tratto da questo capolavoro....

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Il grande caldo Reviews

  • Tfitoby
    2019-02-14 17:19

    The excellent source material for a fine example of the classic film noir period.Read whilst waiting to leave Copenhagen.A classic piece of noir writing, Banion is an honest cop in a crooked town, forced off of the force in horrifying circumstances whilst investigating the suicide of a cop and the murder of a B-girl he relentlessly pursues the case as a private citizen.McGivern was clearly a talented writer, bringing this dark and potentially schlocky material to a higher literary level than most others writing in the early 1950s, even his character names are great and memorable without resorting to silliness.Having seen the 1953 Fritz Lang movie several times and always being shocked by some of the key scenes I expected this to be either darker in tone or dramatically different in terms of story, happily neither expectation was proven accurate. McGivern provided the brilliant film with a very strong and stable basis that Lang simply hung a nice decoration over. This book deserves much higher praise than it seems to have garnered, considering just how highly thought of the movie was. Unlike with other movie adaptations, the darkness and violence was found in the source material in this case.As a simple police procedural it was interesting reading, I'd say much more enjoyable than the Ed McBain 87th Precinct series infact, as a social commentary it was explicit in its condemnation of weak men (including most of society) and its accusations towards corrupt politicians, as a novel of one man facing up to the darkness within themselves and those around him it was top class. The only aspect of the novel that realy let it down for me was the occasional change of perspective away from Banion which drag you out of the mood created by riding alongside the hero.A highly recommended selection for anyone interested in the genre, especially as it has seemingly been forgotten by the reading public.

  • Dfordoom
    2019-02-19 00:21

    William P. McGivern’s novel The Big Heat was the source for Fritz Lang’s classic 1953 film noir of the same title. McGivern enjoyed considerable success as a novelist and screenwriter in various genres.The movie followed the plot of the novel fairly closely, even including the famous coffee pot scene (if you’ve see the movie you know which scene I’m talking about and if you haven’t seen it I won’t spoil the shock effect). The most significant change was to the character of Max Stone who becomes Vince Stone in the movie. The Max Stone of the book is equally vicious but he’s a man driven to viciousness by fear, while the Vince Stone of the movie is a more confident, and more overtly sadistic, character.Dave Bannion is an honest cop in a city in which honesty is a rare commodity. Corrupt city officials and politicians are in the pockets of gangsters like Mike Lagana. Lagana lives a life of genteel elegance in a luxurious mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens, but he started life as a brutal gangster and a gangster he remains. Bannion has always been aware of the underlying corruption of the city but up until now it hasn’t had any direct effect on his life or on his work as a Homicide cop. All that will change. At first it seems like a routine case. A police clerk has committed suicide. There are no suspicious circumstances. The dead cop, Tom Deery, was the sort of guy who goes through life without attracting much attention. He had always been assumed to be honest, he had no obvious vices. His wife claims he was very concerned about health problems and that seems like a satisfactory explanation for his suicide. Then Bannion gets a telephone call from a woman. She tells him that she’s sure the dead man had no health problems and she doesn’t believe he would have taken his own life. A bit of digging around reveals that this woman. Lucy Carroway, had been Deery’s mistress some years earlier. Deery’s widow assures Bannion that Lucy was still bitter that the affair with her husband ended and Bannion is satisfied that that explains her story. Even the fact that Tom Deery used to own a holiday house is not especially suspicious. A police clerk might have been able to afford a little luxury like that if he was very careful with his money, and besides maybe his wife or his family had some money. Bannion is happy enough to close the case. Until Lucy Carroway is murdered.This seems like a boy of a coincidence, and Dave Bannion doesn’t like coincidences. And the murder was particularly brutal but it wasn’t a sex crime. Bannion is now convinced the Deery case is worth looking into more deeply. He still doesn’t think he’s run into a major criminal conspiracy but when he’s ordered peremptorily to drop the case the pieces start to fall into place. If the big boys who run the city want him to stop investigating then there must be something to investigate. Something big. Bannion is not just honest, he’s also stubborn. His refusal to drop the case will have catastrophic personal consequences for him, consequences that will see him handing in his badge and conducting his own private war against organised crime, a war of revenge.He will find himself up against Mike Lagana, and against hoodlums like Max Stone. It’s a pretty good story. The main weakness is the ending which is much too pat and too neat and doesn’t quite ring true. The story shows us a world of moral squalor but also a world of moral ambiguity. People aren’t always crooked because they’re bad. Some are just weak. Or frightened. Even the tough guys are sometimes prone to fear. And even gangster’s molls like Debby (Max Stone’s girlfriend) can turn out to be capable of extraordinary courage and decency. The ending undercuts this a little as the author tries to tie things up too comprehensively.There’s plenty of hardboiled dialogue and plenty of atmosphere. This is pulp fiction but it’s not too pulpy (not that I have a problem with pulp fiction that’s very pulpy indeed). McGivern’s style is straightforward but effective. Bannion is a hero but he’s a hero with some flaws and he’s generally believable. McGivern gives us some memorable villains and, in the person of Debby, a complex female character whose motivations are entirely believable. A fine crime thriller. Not quite as good as the movie, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of since the movie is very very good indeed. Definitely worth a read.

  • Ronald Koltnow
    2019-02-17 00:14

    When the film version is better known than the source novel, there is a tendency for some to think they know the story. This is always a mistake. The Kim Darby film prevented me from reading TRUE GRIT for years; it is now one of my favorite novels. William McGivern's THE BIG HEAT is so much richer and complex than Fritz Lang's classic film version. McGivern is a hell of a writer, precise, taut, and with few words wasted. THE BIG HEAT was the first of his books to draw attention to the former Philadelphia crime journalist. This is a tale of corruption, corruption so deep seated that it has become habit. Dave Bannion goes from cop to avenging angel, and his story influenced crime writing and movies for years. Highly recommended.

  • Michael
    2019-02-19 00:14

    well written crime story that keeps you interested throughout.good noir from one of the best.

  • Panu Mäkinen
    2019-01-30 22:03

    Poliisiromaanien parhaimmistoa. Miksi näitä on suomennettu vain yksi?

  • Kevin
    2019-01-22 16:04

    "Reformers come and go and are seldom noticed or missed." McGivern was not on my radar and I was unprepared for how much I enjoyed this, maybe because he puts together a police procedural in a way that makes it seem like the first cousin to a good western. Or maybe because the evening news makes its subtext (about the importance of personal integrity in a corrupt world) seem especially poignant.

  • Jim Davis
    2019-02-09 16:32

    I enjoyed this book and intend to read more McGivern. The book moved fast and had interesting and well written supporting characters, especially Debbie. Debbie was a party girl and the main gangster's girlfriend. Bad things happen to Debbie and after being treated in a more human way by Bannion, the protagonist, she begins to grow into a better person. An excellent movie was made from the book. I don't quite agree with this being called noir fiction unless you are using a very broad definition of the term. It's a case of a good guy going on a vengeance kick after his wife was killed by gangsters (it was suppose to be him that was killed). But he is a moral guy at heart and although he has a very bad temper he can't quite get completely down in the mud with the men he is after. I felt it was more of an action thriller than being the dark and moody style I associate with noir although there was a still an appropriate, and interesting, amount of introspection by the characters about what was happening to them and how it was affecting their actions. McGiverns style is straight forward but there was a good balance between the action and learning how the characters were affected by events and were even changed by the events. Bannion was continually walking a fine line between his strong moral upbringing and his lust for revenge on those wwho killed his wife. We can read his thoughts when he is torn between what he thinks is right and what he anger and rage is pushing him to do.

  • Richard Duncan
    2019-02-10 19:17

    "The dead man lay on his side, curled up in front of a desk that was placed under a curtained window. Bannion knelt and inspected the wound in his right temple, and the gun in his right hand. The wound was ugly, and the gun was a nickel-plated thirty-two with black hand-grips." **"While her voice, low and pleasing, fell into the silent, softly lighted room, Bannion tried to sort out his impressions of her, and of this clean, orderly little world in which (....) had lived and died.""It had been a run-of-the-mill night, like a thousand he had known in the past. He felt comfortably tired as he followed the curving, shining Schuylkill out to Germantown, listening with only mild interest to a news program on the radio. It was good to be on his way home, he thought. Home to dinner, to Katie."I'm probably the only person who has read this book in this century without first being aware of the classic film it spawned. Rather, I just picked up a random book (actually rescued from a dumpster) and read it for a change of pace.So unencumbered by any preconceived notions of its significance, my feeling was -- it ain't a classic, but it is a lot of fun!**No spoilers, all quotes from the first 10 pages.

  • John
    2019-01-28 00:31

    A weak ending keeps this from classic status, but it's still an enjoyable genre read for noir fans. The book's strength lie in McGivern's good ear for dialogue and talent for characterization. His writing style is just about what you'd expect from a former newspaperman-- clean and direct-- and it works well for this type of story.

  • Heep
    2019-01-31 18:26

    It is obviously a bit dated now, and the gender roles really remind you that it is set in the 1950s. Nevertheless, the book is entertaining, well-written and suspenseful. I really enjoyed it - not as dime store as Spillane or as well-crafted as Marlowe.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-03 19:30

    This was a quick read, and mildly entertaining. Anyone looking for some good ol' fashioned sexism will find it in ample doses here. To really help you get into the book, turn it into a drinking game -- take a shot every time a sexist comment is made. By the end you'll be just as drunk as Bannion!