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33 books of Cornell Woolrich

A classic is back in print! This hypnotic thriller, by one of the originators of the noir form, exposes its heroine to a waking nightmareIn this classic crime novel, a panic-­stricken young wife races against time to prove that her convicted husband did not murder his mistress. Writing in first person from the wife's viewpoint, Woolrich evokes her love and anguish and, finally, desperation as she becomes an avenging angel in her attempt to rescue her husband from execution.

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On a mild midwestern night in the early 1940s, Johnny Marr leans against a drugstore wall. He’s waiting for Dorothy, his fiancée, and tonight is the last night they’ll be meeting here, for it’s May 31st, and June 1st marks their wedding day. But she’s late, and Johnny soon learns of a horrible accident—an accident involving a group of drunken men, a low-­flying charter plane, and an empty liquor bottle. In one short moment Johnny loses all that matters to him and his life is shattered. He vows to take from these men exactly what they took from him. After years of planning, Johnny begins his quest for revenge, and on May 31st of each year—always on May 31st—wives, lovers, and daughters are suddenly no longer safe.

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In a South American town terrorized by a deadly escaped jaguar, Jerry Manning searches for a cunning human murderer

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When Frank Townsend returns home to recover from three years of amnesia, he finds himself accused of murder and fights to prove his innocence

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On a mild midwestern night in the early 1940s, Johnny Marr leans against a drugstore wall. He’s waiting for Dorothy, his fiancée, and tonight is the last night they’ll be meeting here, for it’s May 31st, and June 1st marks their wedding day. But she’s late, and Johnny soon learns of a horrible accident—an accident involving a group of drunken men, a low-­flying charter plane, and an empty liquor bottle. In one short moment Johnny loses all that matters to him and his life is shattered. He vows to take from these men exactly what they took from him. After years of planning, Johnny begins his quest for revenge, and on May 31st of each year—always on May 31st—wives, lovers, and daughters are suddenly no longer safe. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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"Happenstance. Perhaps a wonderful bonanza, possibly an unmerciful future. Without thinking to possess it, suddenly the brass ring is there, poised for the taking. Everyone believes it is yours, and once you dare to possess it, those who don't even know you, accept you as one of their own, a member of the clan. So, why not embrace the dream-­like life being offered to you on a silver platter? What is the down side to becoming a member of the privileged class? What is the harm? Herein lies the trap ...­"--­Dust jacket, front flap.

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Cornell Woolrich is "our greatest writer of Suspense Fiction" - Francis Nevins, Woolrich biographer. I'm Dangerous Tonight is one of Woolrich's short stories that could really be classified as a novella based upon it's length.  It was originally published in the first edition of the new monthly pulp magazine, All-­American Fiction, in 1937.   Not known for writing supernatural stories, this particular work is one of few where Woolrich crossed into that genre.  Here, we find a dress that Satan has infused with an evil essence causing the possessor, a Paris model, an Iowa housewife and a singer involved in a narcotic subplot to the story, to become a psychotic murderess.  It's called pulp fiction for a reason and Woolrich earns the title with this particular tome. Cornell George Hopley-­Woolrich (4 December 1903 – 25 September 1968) is one of America's best crime and noir writers who sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms William Irish and George Hopley. He's often compared to other . . .

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