They Shoot Horses Don't They?
, by Horace McCoy
, was published in 1935
during the waning years of the Great Depression
, and was exceedingly popular during the pre-World War II
era. Structured around the story of a desperate
couple hoping to win a substantial cash
prize for enduring a marathon dance contest
amidst strong competition
, the narrative is textually interwoven with a judge
of the protagonist
after a trial
which is not directly included in the story.
Usually considered a work of the American Noir genre, the novel has fared somewhat poorly with age, although the movie which was ultimately made from it did quite well.