David Goodis. Dark Passage (1946) 248 pp.
Vincent Parry, sentenced to life in San Quentin for the murder of his wife, escapes in order to prove his innocence by discovering the real murderer himself. Along the road outside the prison, Irene Janney, a young woman who has followed the entire case and believes in his innocence, picks Parry up and smuggles him into San Francisco. In a desperate attempt to hide his identity from the police long enough to figure out who framed him, Parry visits an underworld plastic surgeon and alters his appearance. This novel was the source for the classic 1947 film of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.