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Four Novellas of Fear: Eyes That Watch You,…

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by Cornell Woolrich

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Aside from the fine writing and sense of noir in these four stories, it's always fun to get lost in a sense of time as well as place. Tires that get patched and blow out constantly, no cell phones, cars with no windscreens, screeching speeds over forty and coal furnaces. (I actually remember living in a house that had a coal furnace.) Geesh.

My favorite, I think was "You'll Never See Me Again," where a couple of newlyweds get into a squabble after six months of marriage, she walks out and disappears. The fact that he's an architect and tires were patched results in a satisfactory ending. (And that's not a spoiler.)

Read these four. The places and time may have changed but not human motivations. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Cornell Woolrich is often referred to as the "Father of Noir" with good reason. Best known perhaps, for Rear Window and The Bride Wore Black, he effortlessly creates wonderful tense suspense-filled situations where every day people find themselves in more trouble than they could ever imagine.

Four Novellas of Fear features four of his specialties:

Eyes That Watch You- Vera Miller plots to murder her husband with her mute, paralyzed mother in law watching her every move.

The Night I Died- Ben Cook, at the behest of his common-law wife, who was trying to kill him, fakes his death in order to obtain the large life insurance policy she has on him.

You'll Never See Me Again- Ed Bliss's new bride takes off after a rude remark about her biscuits. When days pass and he can't find her, he becomes suspect #1 in her disappearance.

Murder Always Gather Momentum- Dick Paine, for his wife's sake, approaches his former employer about his back wages, and things go horribly wrong. ( )
  jonesli | Jan 29, 2012 |
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Contains Eyes That Watch You, The Night I Died, You'll Never See Me Again, and Murder Always Gathers Momentum
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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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