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Here, in this special collection, are his classic thrilers, including ‘Rear Window’, the story of Hal Jeffries who, trapped in his apartment because of The story that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film masterpiece! Here, in this special collection, are his classic thrilers, including ‘Rear Windoe, the story of Hal Jeffries who, trapped in his apartment because of a broken leg, takes to watching his neighbours through his rear window, and becomes certain that one of those neighbours is a murderer.
Also included are such haunting, heart-stopping tales as those involving a man who finds his wife buried alive; a girl trapped with a deranged murderer who likes to knife his victims while dancing; and a woman seizing her chance to escape a sadistic husband, only to find her dream go terrifyingly wrong. Paperbackpages. Published August 28th by I Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask windlw readers questions about Rear Windowplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 16, Bev rated it really liked it Shelves: This Rear Window collection of stories by Cornell Woolrich contains stories from and earlier. In addition to the title story, there are an twelve stories, primarily from his best years when his stories appeared in Detective Fiction Weekly, Argosy, and Black Mask among others. Overall, a fine collection of short stories with a mix that ranges from straight mystery to dramatic psychological suspense.
If you’ve seen the movie, then you’ve got the basic plot. But there are definite differences in the original story. Jeffries has no girlfriend doing his running about for him. He has no nosy female housekeeper–he has a houseman–and he’s the one who operates as Jeffries’s legs. The characters are fleshed out and it’s more interesting conrell everything from Jeffries’s point of view out the window.
Our narrator is Kenny, engaged the to the beautiful Stephanie. She’s just given her boss her notice and one of her tasks during her final wee is to drop off a package after work when they’re supposed to be heading out for a night on the town. Kenny doesn’t like it much he thinks they take advantage of her good naturebut she convinces him that it “won’t take a minute” for her to pop into the apartment building and hand over the package.
Windw they’ll be on their way. But the minute turns into several and then some more and Kenny realizes that something has gone very wrong.
Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich
Ann Bridges, niece of the wealthy John T. Bridges, comes police headquarters seeking help for a rather bizarre situation.
Her uncle has become convinced, after consulting a man who supposedly has second sight, that he will die on a certain day through Death at the jaws of a lion. Now the Bridges live in the middle of civilization–nowhere near lions of any sort, but her uncle is convinced and the closer the day comes, the more nerve-wracked he grows. She wants the detectives to keep her uncle alive until after midnight on the chosen day–then, when her uncle sees that he has survived, life can return to normal.
But sometimes you just can’t escape fate no matter what strange shape it might take. Apparently this is one of Woolrich’s more frequently printed stories because I have read it in a few collections. In this, Ginger, a dance hall girl, loses her best friend when a killer makes a habit of killing girls from the dancing halls.
Nick, the policeman on the case, takes a fancy to Ginger and when the killer sets his sights on Ginger, she has to hope that Nick will get the messages and clues she’s left behind–before she becomes another “Poor Butterfly” in the killer’s collection. A soldier, having just returned highly disturbed from the war, decides to surprise his girl by showing up at her apartment unannounced. He arrives when he thinks she should have just gotten home from work, but the apartment is dark.
Thinking she’s just running a bit late, he waits outside for her. Then, suddenly, the her light comes on and he meets an old friend coming out of the building who boasts suggestively of the “time he’s had”. The soldier is convinced his girl has been unfaithful and he goes to her apartment on the alert for proof of her guilt.
And if she’s guilty An irritable man slugs the man in the next when he discovers him stealing his milk from outside the apartment door. Horrified that he’s killed the man, he drags him through the open door the neighbor’s and stashes him in the Murphy bed.
But as time goes by and no one has discovered the corpse, he becomes a bit unhinged–especially when a new couple moves in next door. Another variation on the-lady-vanishes. When he goes, shamefaced and hat in hand, to apologize to her, he finds that she’s not there and she’s apparently disappeared off the face of the earth. It looks like she might have been right A man who was known as a very disgruntled fellow who never cracked a smile, let alone laughed at a joke has died–apparently from laughing too hard.
The local doctor can find nothing to suggest anything but natural causes, but he reports the unexpected death to the local sheriff, as required by law.
But when Deputy Traynor arrives at the scene, he just can’t accept that Eleazar Hunt died after reading the book of really bad jokes dropped by the side of his chair. A policeman is sent to breakup a dance marathon because the sponsors are suspected of being flim-flam artists. Woorlich he gets there, he discovers that one of the contestants is, quite literally, dead on her feet.
It looks like the only one who could have done it is her partner A young society girl is all set to elope with her young man.
They plan to take off in the middle of the dance hosted by her parents. Bu Wes gets just winsow trifle agitated when she starts babbling to him about the detective dear has crashed the party because there’s a crook running loose in the neighborhood.
Maybe a thief–maybe a murderer. But why should they worry? No one will interfere with them–after all they’re not murderers. Though she disapproves of trashy best-sellers, she disapproves of book vandalism even more.
Her determination to hunt down the culprit leads her into much bigger things. An editor for a magazine falls for the slush-pile author she and her co-editor chose to fill a hole in their latest issue.
But she has competition from the man’s on-again, off-again first wife. Even when she disappears. A very dark story about widnow woman who falls for and marries a sadistic wife-beater. She finds what looks to be an escape with a young, loving man–but what she expects for the rest of her life may not be what she gets.
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Please request permission before reposting. Mar 12, Austin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Cornell Woolrich is probably best known as the guy who wrote the story that became Rear Window and possibly, to a lesser extent, the guy who wrote The Phantom Lady. As a pulp writer who make efforts to break into Hollywood, it’s probably fairly difficult to pay the bills, but fortunately his economic suffering is out gain. But, keep in mind, this version was first, a Cornell Woolrich is probably best known as the guy who wrote the story that became Rear Window and possibly, to a lesser extent, the guy who wrote The Phantom Lady.
But, keep in mind, this version was first, and so one of the key differences between the two involves at what point we learn certain information about our narrator in the film it’s made explicit in the first scene, whereas the story saves it for the very last line. But there are other major differences too: What, exactly, this says about Hitchcock and Woolrich isn’t really my particular academic expertise, but I got a great story out of it, which is more than enough for me.
The Story Of Who Owns ‘Rear Window’ Mirrors A Cornell Woolrich Tale
The same kind of grueling suspense and attention to detail shows up in the story as does in the movie, and in both cases, the end is so relieving and satisfying, that it’s a pleasure to read more than once. The narrative style, too, is so enjoyable that it was extremely inspiring. Why don’t people narrate fiction like this, now?
Five short stories loaded with tension; in true genre short story woolirch they’re invariably about a final punchline but Woolrich had a fair amount of skill when it came to ratcheting up the tension and that’s what leaves him recognised as a master of his craft.
It’s easy to see why Hitchcock was so enamoured of his work, as somebody not enamoured of Hitchcock there wasn’t much chance that Conell be overly thrilled with these stories either. View all 3 reaar. Oct 21, Wilier rated it liked it. Dec 18, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: Even Agatha Christie does a spin on this theme, and probably the best spin, in her novel “What Mrs.
McGillicuddy Saw” one of my favorite woolrrich Christie’s “cozies”, and one that’s unfortunately overlooked. And if you’re looking for inspiration, or want to write a homage, why not utilize an amazing talent like Woolrich? I’d never heard their voices. I didn’t even know them by sight, strictly speaking, aoolrich their faces were too small to fill in with identifiable features at that distance. Yet I could have constructed a timetable of their comings and goings, their wincow habits and activities.
They were the rear-window dwellers around me,” serves as the opening paragraph. A man in a wheelchair is restricted to movement between his bed and his own rear window. And he has binoculars.