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Phantom Lady by Cornell Woolrich

Phantom Lady (1942)

by Cornell Woolrich

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A man accused of murdering his wife after a heated fight needs the testimony of a woman he spent the evening with on a whim in order to be acquitted. She's nowhere to be found. I really love his sentences, his descriptions. Too bad mysteries are never any good. Irish should have applied his skills to a different genre. ( )
  dandelionroots | May 7, 2011 |
Good example of his work. ( )
  Coach_of_Alva | Mar 12, 2011 |
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Benvenuti, StefanoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nevins, Francis M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I answer not and I return no more."
—John Ingall
To Apartment 605, Hotel M———
in unmitigated thankfulness
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The night was young, and so was he.
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Cornell Woolrich, all-around tortured soul and gifted suspense writer wrote this noir thriller under the pseudonym William Irish. A man, falsely accused of his wife's murder, searches for the one person who can prove him innocent.
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Phantom lady, I was with you for six hours last night, but I can't remember what you look like, or what you wore -- except for that large orange hat.

We sat shoulder to shoulder at a little bar in the east Fifties. We ate dinner together, saw a Broadway show together, shared a cab together.

The bartender, the waiter, the usher, the cab driver -- none of them remembers you. The police say I was home strangling my wife at the moment I met you.

You are the only one who can prove my story -- but I don't know your name, or where you live. And I can't search for you from a jail cell....

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