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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: I Books (August 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743423712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743423717
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cornell Woolrich, along with Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, was one of the creators of the noir genre. He is the author of many seminal works including REAR WINDOW, the basis of the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on August 23, 2001
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After years of having only one small volume of Cornell Woolrich's short suspense stories in print, this new volume is a major cause for celebration. It collects 13 of his works ranging from his earliest pulp stories ("Dead on Her Feet") to his last, sparse years ("For the Rest of Her Life"). The contents will be familiar to Woolrich fans, who have been able to dig up many of these stories in old anthologies, but it is wonderful to have them in a clean new collection -- with a thrilling cover. And for those of you new to Woolrich, you are in for a treat. Settle back in your armchair and dim the lights...you're in for a terrifying ride. Woolrich can cram more tension, anguish, and despair into his noir nightmare tales than any other author living or dead. He practically invented the noir genre, and once you get a taste of his riveting work, you'll never get enough of it again.
This collection contains: "Rear Window", "I Won't Take a Minute", "Speak to Me of Death", "The Dancing Detective" (a.k.a. "Dime a Dance"), "The Light in the Window", "The Corpse Next Door", "You'll Never See Me Again", "The Screaming Laugh", "Dead on Her Feet", "Waltz", "The Book That Squealed", "Death Escapes the Eye", and "For the Rest of Her Life."
My personal favorite is the last, the story that originlly hooked me on Woolrich. It's a terrifying tale of a woman's attempt to escape an abusive relationship. There are many other classics here, such as "Death Escapes the Eye", a subtle tale about the death of love -- and maybe another death as well. "Dead on Her Feet" is a grim short about police brutality, and "I Won't Take a Minute" and "You'll Never See Me Again" deal in one of Woolrich's favorite subjects: the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of a loved one and the panicked and hopeless search for them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on July 15, 2005
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While Woolrich's fans await with great interest Tom Rienzi's forthcoming study of the way Hollywood changed, distorted or triangulated Woolrich's suspense plots (FROM PULP NOIR TO FILM NOIR), and of course the forthcoming edition of much "new" material including an unfinished novel (TONIGHT, SOMEWHERE IN NEW YORK), we go back to basics with this charming collection of bona fide haunters.

REAR WINDOW isn't the best story here, but its title might ring the most bells, due to the perdurable popularity of the Hitchcock film with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Opinions are divided as to whether or not John Michael Hayes (Hitchcock's scenarist) improved Woolrich's fairly bare bones tale, but I think most agree that he got at some important Woolrich themes, the importance of looking, the humiliation of being (if only temporarily) disabled, the amazing multiplicity of the world, where right next to you might be a victim--or a killer. And Grace Kelly looked the way Cornell Woolrich wrote his women, like a gay man's idea of what a perfect woman should look like.

"I Won't Take a Minute" is really frightening, and imagine if you had never heard of the plot before, and it was still fresh in your mind! I see that the new Jodie Foster thriller FLIGHT PLAN will be a re-telling of this old story once more, and while I respect Foster as an actress, I doubt if FLIGHT PLAN will top the chills of "I Won't Take a Minute."
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful By lazza on August 16, 2002
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Cornell Woolrich was an extremely prolific short story writer and novelist during the 1930s ad 1940s. Much of his stories were published in Ellery Queen's Mystery magazine - the equivalent of literary junk food. Often his material is entertaining yet poor written and forgettable. The same goes for his novels (..although I loved his Waltz into Darkness).
In this collection of short stories, including Rear Window (made famous by the Hitchcock film), we have several stories about suspense and murder. I found most to be very average. Rear Window was actually quite disappointing; the film adaptation was much better. And one of the stories was actually the template of a Woolrich novel I read, Night Has A Thousand Eyes (..the novel is much better than the short story). But there are some jewels. These involve a mix of themes such as: a killer of dance hall hostesses, a murder of a milk bottle thief, and the final story involving a sadistic husband.
Bottom line: an eclectic mish-mash of murder and suspense. Hit and miss, sure. But recommended nonetheless.
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1 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2001
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i liked this book because i liked the original
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