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Rendezvous in Black (A Modern Library 20th Century Rediscovery) Paperback – March 16, 2004
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Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) was the father of noir. Originally an author of `disaffected youth' novels in the jazz era, Woolrich turned to suspense and mystery stories for the pulp magazines in the mid-thirties. In 1940 he wrote the novel "The Bride Wore Black," kicking off a hugely creative period in which he wrote eleven novels (sometimes under the pseudonyms William Irish or George Hopely) between 1940 and 1948, concluding with "I Married a Dead Man" (available in the compilation "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 30s and 40s" and also one of his best works). Woolrich then entered a long phase of writer's block, turning out a few more novels and stories before he died an alcoholic recluse. His work is deeply concerned with doom and fate, people trapped in an uncaring world, the slow loss of love, and the inevitability of death. Through it all flows his incredible sense of pacing -- he can wring you dry with "races against the clock" that make your chest pound like race car piston -- and his stunning word magic that can break your heart with just a sentence.
"Rendezvous in Black" is the second-to-last novel of his major period, and it seems to return to the plot of "The Bride Wore Black"...at least on the surface.Read more ›
"Rendezvous in Black" excels as an archetype of white knuckled, totter on the edge of your seat noir, a story even better than the author's phenomenal and oft copied "I Married a Dead Man." This yarn concerns the activities of one Johnny Marr, an ecstatic young man set to marry the love of his life. When his girl, Dorothy, perishes in a freak accident involving a bottle dropped from a low flying plane, Marr's sanity melts away.Read more ›
That is the beginning of the story. Woolrich wastes no time in setting the psychological tone. Her fiance arrives at their place of rendezvous, the scene of the accident, looks at the stricken woman, denies that it is his "Dorothy", then leaves the scene. Despite this initial denial, he knows, of course, that it is she, and from that moment a cataclysmic change occurs in his personality and his present world falls apart - a world of romance, marriage and well being. He sheds all innocence and becomes a man singularly possessed - a man seeking revenge against the carelessness of other men - determined to have them pay for this carelessness in the same way he has been forced to pay - destruction of what they prize most.
It is a story, wonderfully told - direct, gripping and so thoroughly credible that you read through it quickly, hoping against hope that it will have a happy ending. But it doesn't.
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Rendezvous in Black certainly has plot holes, convenient coincidences, factual errors, and comparisons that come off sounding overwrought or silly ("Her hand closed up like a... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Joel E. Mitchell
Oh, the deliciousness of Woolrich's mind...If 'Rear Window' (first published as, "It had to be Murder") is a testament to his imagination and creativity, then 'Rendezvous... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eileen
Okay, I rated this novel 5 stars, but only because there was no "it is impossible to classify or grade" alternative. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Hager
Typical Woolrich - very nice. Good service and delivery by vendor.Published 21 months ago by Patricia S.
Johnny loves Dorothy. He lives for her. Then (in highly unlikely circumstances) Dorothy is killed. Five men might be responsible but Johnny isn't sure which one. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Wayne M. Malin
A guy whose fiance is killed by liquor bottles falling from a low-flying private plane seeks revenge but in an unusual and most methodical manner. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Tamara A. Shaffer
As other reviewers have noted, the plot and structure of this novel are very similar to that of "The Bride Wore Black," albeit with switched genders. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Heidi Logothetti
The suspense part was very well done, the writing, while maybe a bit much at times was interesting, but I just didn't find it believable that Johnny Marr would have access,... Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by SnowDog3000