I Married a Dead Man [Cornell Woolrich] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. I Married a Dead Man. Cornell Woolrich. synopsis. Happenstance. Perhaps a wonderful bonanza, possibly an unmerciful future. Without thinking to possess it, . I Married a Dead Man is one of Cornell Woolrich’s best–known crime novels. The plot is convoluted but it works like a well-oiled machine.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for sharing your suggestions with this set. He possesses a strong sense of charm and while his intelligence poses a threat to Helen, the two are clearly attracted to each other from shortly after they meet.

To me that’s what pulp is about.

Overall I found this to be a fast and highly engaging read. I would have to term this one, as mentioned in the edition of the book I have, a Soap Opera noir. Winterbourne with a terribly miscast of Ricky Lake, but other characters were strong. After establishing this portrait of the couple Woolrich jumps back over a year to show us how this situation came to be.

We hear that they have never so much as seen a photograph of her so when the train derails and the couple are killed they assume that she must be their daughter-in-law and so maan for her medical care and give her and her newborn marriee a home. The Best Mysteries of All Time 24 Oh, you maeried in the second.

I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich

There were no clear cut answers if the main character was good or bad. Winterbourneand noticing that it was based on a novel. He was not a writer of whodunits or police procedurals; he had no recurring detective character and no repeated settings. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll corneell this book. From inside the book. Dec 13, Jim rated cornsll it was amazing Shelves: That must be fate, bowling against me.


As you say there really is no happiness to be found here. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. The book is J.

A love was blasted into nothingness. Patrice Hazzard is about Helen’s age, she’s seven months pregnant and she’s going to meet her in-laws for the first time.

What little plans she has are to go back to San Francisco and start her life over. Not once, not twice, but scores of times, Woolrich’s stories have been turned into films.

I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich

I will be sure to check out the Hughes soon! Account Options Sign in. Tragedy strikes and the train crashes, killing both the Hazzards instantly. Feb 10, Thomas rated it really liked it. Working your way through the library of America noir I see.

I had a similar reaction to this one. This is an interesting twist, as pure guilt and the cornelp of mutual recrimination is so horrible of and by itself.

Sure enough, complications begin to emerge. Published March 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st There are a number of others too. This article needs additional citations for verification. Some of the writing borders on incomprehensible.

This was okay overall, but I may stick to the movie versions of his work – there are a whole bunch I have not seen yet. But I talk as if I have read a lot of his books, when this was the first one.


Woolrich in an effort to put yet another layer of paranoia on the existential cake leaves us with a footnote that just doesn’t ring true given the characters he has drawn for us.

I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich – Mysteries Ahoy!

July Learn how and when to remove this template message. This one is a type of masterpiece to be sure, but a bit less accessible than the aforementioned. Patrice wants to have that all-American small town life, but maybe it’s just not in the cards.

I think even if you know what will get in the way of their happiness those scenes are cinematically written and highly effective. This isn’t hard-boiled, by comparison this feels slow, emotional, thoughtful, sentimental and sad.

With a title like that, I needed to read this book. No trivia or quizzes yet.

I Married a Dead Man

I could not put it down, even when it was almost too tense to carry on with. Found out that this Talk about a dark tale.

Outside, the street-lights went spinning by like glowing bowls coming toward her down a bowling-alley. Dec 09, Julie rated it really liked it. Not for all tastes. Woolrich could, and did, write a lot better than this in other books and stories. Found out that this was where they got the story for that dumb movie “Mrs.

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