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Horace McCoy (April 14, 1897 — December 15, 1955) was an American writer, whose hard-boiled novels took place during the Great Depression. His best-known novel is They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1935), which was made into a movie of the same name in 1969, fourteen years after McCoy's death.

McCoy was born in Pegram, Tennessee. During World War I McCoy served in the United States Army Air Corps. He flew several missions behind enemy lines as a bombardier and reconnaissance photographer. He was wounded and received the Croix de Guerre for heroism by the government of France.

From 1919 to 1930 he worked as a sports editor for the Dallas Journal in Texas. In the late 1920s he began getting stories published in various pulp mystery magazines.

During the Depression, McCoy moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to become an actor. He worked as an actor in The Hollywood Handicap (1932). A job as a bouncer at a Santa Monica pier provided the inspiration for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, the story of a depression era dance marathon. His novel I Should Have Stayed Home dealt with the experiences of a young Southern actor attempting to find work in 1930s Hollywood. Another novel, No Pockets in a Shroud, featured the paradoxical cliche of a heroic, misunderstood reporter as the protagonist.

McCoy published the noir classic Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in 1948. The story is narrated by the amoral protagonist, Ralph Cotter. It was made into a James Cagney movie of the same name.

In Hollywood, McCoy wrote westerns, crime melodramas, and other films for various studios. Although most of his movie work is unmemorable, McCoy worked with such movie directors as Henry Hathaway, Raoul Walsh, and Nicholas Ray. He was also an uncredited script assistant for King Kong (1933).

McCoy died in Beverly Hills, CA of a heart attack.
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Total Books: 28
I Should Have Stayed Home
2013 - I Should Have Stayed Home (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781627551830
ISBN-10: 1627551832
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance

They Shoot Horses Don't They
2011 - They Shoot Horses Don't They [Serpent's Tail Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846687396
ISBN-10: 184668739X
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

No Pockets In A Shroud
2008 - No Pockets in a Shroud (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781596545809
ISBN-10: 1596545801

Crime Novels American Noir of the 1930s  40s
1997 - Crime Novels American Noir of the 1930s 40s [Library of America] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781883011468
ISBN-10: 1883011469
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
1996 - Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye [Midnight Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781852424336
ISBN-10: 1852424338
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

I Should Have Stayed at Home
1996 - I Should Have Stayed at Home [Midnight Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781852424022
ISBN-10: 1852424028
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Pertes et fracas
1995 - Pertes Et Fracas (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782070495597
ISBN-10: 2070495590

Adieu la vie adieu l'amour - Demain il fera nuit
1987 - Adieu La VIe Adieu L'amour - Demain Il Fera Nuit (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782070378876
ISBN-10: 207037887X

1984 - Lescalpel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785942030
ISBN-10: 0785942033

1983 - Thrillers (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780946391134
ISBN-10: 0946391130
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

On Achive Bien Les Chevaux
On Achive Bien Les Chevaux (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782070369621
ISBN-10: 2070369625

Di Adios Al Manana
Di Adios Al Manana (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788402050779
ISBN-10: 8402050778

Acaso No Matan a Los Caballos
Acaso No Matan a Los Caballos [Serie Negra] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788496246898
ISBN-10: 8496246892