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“Cornell Woolrich can distill more terror, more excitement, more downright nail-biting suspense than nearly all his competitors.” (Ellery Queen)

“You can palpably feel the agony in Woolrich and his work.” (James Ellroy)

“The great master of the infinite terror of prosaic everyday detail.” (Anthony Boucher)

About the Author

From the 1930s until his death in 1968, Cornell Woolrich riveted the reading public with his mystery, suspense, and horror stories. Classic films like Hitchcock's Rear Window and Trauffaut's The Bride Wore Black and novels like Night has a Thousand Eyes and The Black Angel earned Woolrich epithets like "the twentieth century's Edgar Allen Poe" and "the father of noir."
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; Reprint edition (September 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605984191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605984193
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the cover of my Dell paperback edition of "Night Has a Thousand Eyes" (with a cover price of 25 cents), the author is listed as William Irish, with an asterisk next to the name. At the bottom of the cover, next to the footnote asterisk, is another name: George Hopley. This should not fool any prospective readers, though. Both names were pseudonyms of Cornell Woolrich, the author whom Isaac Asimov called "THE Master of Suspense"; whom his biographer, Francis Nevins, Jr., called "the Edgar Allan Poe of the 20th century" (hey, wait a minute...I thought that H.P. Lovecraft was considered the Edgar Allan Poe of the 20th century!); and who is considered one of the fathers of literary film noir. Many of Woolrich's novels and stories have been famously filmed, "Rear Window," "The Bride Wore Black," "Phantom Lady," "Deadline at Dawn" and "Mississippi Mermaid" being just a sampling. "Night Has a Thousand Eyes" (1945) was turned into a 1948 Edward G. Robinson movie that supposedly has little in common with the book. That's a shame, as the book is a marvelous piece of eerie suspense writing that could have made a smashing film. In Woolrich's tale, Detective Tom Shawn saves Jean Reid from a suicide attempt one night, and later hears her tale. She is in despair because the death of her wealthy father has been predicted by a man seemingly gifted with the power of clairvoyance; a man whose predictions have unerringly aided her father in his business many times before. Shawn and a squad of detectives investigate this death prediction, and try to avert the millionaire businessman from meeting his ordained end at the stroke of midnight "at the jaws of a lion." The reader will never guess how things turn out, or how Harlan Reid eventually winds up.Read more ›
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The Night Has a 1000 Eyes is Cornell Woolrich's masterpiece. It is an epic of dread: the fear of the unknown of what lies behind the grave. It is also a story of urgency and hope, that rationality, human cooperation and even love can conquer the darkness that is ready to consume us. The story is simple: a man discovers the exact date and time and horrible means of his death a few days later and there is not a doubt in his mind that he is going to die even as his loved ones and the police try to thwart the efforts of a criminal mind (or is it fate?) It is agonizing to read as we hope somehow that the condemned man will somehow elude his fate. We cheer for the dectectives and yet are appalled by them as single mindedly and doggedly pursue an unknown villian. And not one character is left unscathed at the end of this emotionally draining and ,yes, life-affirming tale.
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The Night Has a 1000 Eyes is Cornell Woolrich's masterpiece. It is an epic of dread: the fear of the unknown of what lies behind the grave. It is also a story of urgency and hope, that rationality, human cooperation and even love can conquer the darkness that is ready to consume us. The story is simple: a man discovers the exact date and time and horrible means of his death a few days later and there is not a doubt in his mind that he is going to die even as his loved ones and the police try to thwart the efforts of a criminal mind (or is it fate?) It is agonizing to read as we hope somehow that the condemned man will somehow elude his fate. We cheer for the dectectives and yet are appalled by them as single mindedly and doggedly pursue an unknown villian. And not one character is left unscathed at the end of this emotionally draining and ,yes, life-affirming tale.
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The operative word here is dread. All of the strands of the plot, all of the characters, all of the previous hints and developments move inexorably and mercilessly to the midnight hour and to the resolution of the characters' fates. This isn't horror, exactly. It isn't crime, precisely. It is fate and dread and despair in the night, beneath the unblinking stars. Woolrich practically invented this style, and this book is one of his finest creations.

Arguably included with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Raymond Chandler as one of the best American crime writers of the 30's and 40's, Woolrich today is hardly known by name except by readers familiar with the crime genre and with writers of that period. This despite the fact that more film noir screenplays were adapted from Woolrich novels and short stories than from any other crime novelist. (If you watched Truffaut's "The Bride Wore Black" in 1968 or watched Tarantino's "Kill Bill", then, know it or not, you are familiar with Woolrich's work. Heck, the Hitchcock version of "Rear Window" is as classic as film gets. Also a Woolrich novel.)

In his personal life Woolrich was a tortured soul, and that certainly comes through in his work. But what would you expect when his biography was titled "First You Dream, Then You Die"?

In addition to the plot, which is described well by others, you get some fine writing. Opinions differ on whether Woolrich's greatest strength was his plotting or his style, but there is no denying that in addition to setting an extended scene, he could turn a phrase. Reviews always include a favorite line or two, and it's always a different one. Here's an example; his description of an incidental character - "She was...tall and thin and steely-looking.
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