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Four Novellas of Fear: Eyes That Watch You, The Night I Died, You'll Never See Me Again, Murder Always Gathers Momentum [Paperback]

Cornell Woolrich

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Book Description

April 1 2010
Cornell Woolrich, best known as the author of “Rear Window,” is unsurpassed in his ability to create and sustain sheer suspense. In his tales of terror, ordinary people find themselves in the most extraordinary circumstances—and, as readers, we share their spine-tingling tension every step of the way. Here, collected for the first time, are four of his most nail-biting novellas.

Eyes That Watch You
Greedy Vera Miller plots her husband’s murder right under the nose of her mute, paralyzed mother-in-law. After all, the old lady won’t be able to tell anyone about the crime. Or will she?

The Night I Died
Nice guy Ben Cook, goaded by his scheming common-law wife, fakes his own suicide and moves to another town—all to trick his life insurance company into making a large payout. No one en route or at the new address will recognize him, will they?

You’ll Never See Me Again
Ed Bliss’s new bride, miffed by her husband’s insults about her biscuits, promises that Ed will never have to see her again—and storms out! When she doesn’t return within a few days, Ed begins to suspect foul play—but when he reports the crime to the police, he’s the first one they suspect!

Murder Always Gathers Momentum
For his wife’s sake, Dick Paine approaches a former employer for back wages he is owed—but things go terribly wrong and the old boss ends up dead. Now the guilt-ridden Paine, who’d never before committed a crime, is convinced that people will figure out what happened. As his paranoia gathers momentum, anyone he meets is at risk of becoming his next victim.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A.J. Cornell Publications (April 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972743987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972743983
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Suspense fiction writer Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) has been called the “Father of Noir” and the “Edgar Allan Poe of the 20th Century.” His stories were the basis of such classic suspense films as Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” and Truffaut’s “The Bride Wore Black.” Other well-known works by Woolrich (sometimes writing under the pseudonym William Irish) include “Phantom Lady,” “Black Angel,” “Deadline at Dawn,” and “I Married a Dead Man.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Woolrich despair March 15 2012
By S. Radler - Published on
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Fans of Cornell Woolrich should enjoy this little compilation of four stories that have heretofore been in other collections. Woolrich's plots are full of holes, but that's not why you read him; you read him for the despair that drips off of every page and the Everyman characters who try and try but rarely succeed -- at anything. The stories are rather Hitchcockian in resolution but I don't want to give anything away. I'm glad I got this for my collection.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best. July 5 2013
By Michael G. - Published on
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The four entries contained in this slim volume (189 pages) are all representative of the kind of fiction Cornell Woolrich is famous for. The standard Woolrichian ingredients of fear, suspense, dread and terror are present in plentiful amounts. You will also find some cloying sentimentality, a couple OHenry type endings and an abundance of rather implausible plot elements.

All in all, Four Novellas of Fear is classic Woolrich. Unfortunately, the quality of stories contained in its pages does not rise to the level of the author's best fiction. Second tier work from a legendary writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornell Woolrich is deceptively easy reading Nov. 28 2012
By Wendy T. Merckel - Published on
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These stories are incredibly good, satisfying in a way unlike anything else I've ever read. They simply don't go where any other writer goes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reading Pleasure March 9 2011
By Robert T. Shea - Published on
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I buy books for my personal reading pleasure and Cornell Woolrich is one of my favorite deceased authors. I don't believe in reviewing books that I have read because I think each reader should make his own discoveries on authors that he would enjoy reading.

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