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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The Cornell Woolrich Omnibus: A tale of mistaken identity after a train derailment leads Helen to assume the life of Patrice. Like in Chandler, the mood is as important as the story, and both are fairly heavy. This case of mistaken identity leads to all kinds of problems for her, especially when the other son in California falls in love with her and wants to marry her.

References to this work on external resources. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Bill is given more depth not to mention a name.

I Married a Dead Man

Everything you do, you have to do. On the train she is befriended by a woman who is also pregnant and travelling with her husband to meet his parents for the first time.

Feb 10, Thomas rated it really liked it. Until one day, a letter arrives in the mail, containing a single sentence; “Who are you?

Ripley I suppose but the other 2 are both good. Helen decides to act the part of Patrice, though not without a sense of dread. July Learn how and when to remove this template message. A title that just makes you have to pick it up.

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I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich

The suspense is unnerving as we see her life built on a monumental lie inevitably unravel. Or so some say. I liked the bleak tone so I dea seek these out!

That must be fate, bowling against me. I have the 50s anthology and plan on dipping into that soon too. Finish the book and pretend it ended, like Clockwork Orange, at the penultimate chapter.

Woolrich wrote somberly and carefully. In the crowded train car she meets happy newlyweds Patrice Hazzard, also owolrich, and Hugh. This was my first Woolrich novel, but based upon this book I understand why people hold him in such high regard. It’s a story of a woman who isn’t really a bad person, but she’s desperate and her ordeals are very intense.

Dust & Corruption: I MARRIED A DEAD MAN by Cornell Woolrich

This is noir; but it’s definitely it’s own, “gentle” flavor of it. Google Books — Loading Once I realized where Woolrich was taking the story, I felt a chill. Cain, or Patricia Highsmith.

Published March 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st With herself and the car, the kingpin in the middle that they never knocked down. Upon his death, he left a bequest of one million dollars to Columbia University, to fund a scholarship for young writers. Project Gutenberg 0 editions.

So I was curious to woolroch this again. Eventually Helen’s past comes calling, trouble starts, and things get a little incredible.

The author is, however, a good observer of women, and Helen’s behavior and emotions seem pretty believable.

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Jan 18, Randolph rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was an excellent book. There was never any husband — just a one-night fling that turned out wrong. On the train back corneol California, she mixes with a young married couple on their way home to introduce woolrixh woman to the family. Living in a fog of fear at times, but more like everywhere they turn, there’s a street light burned out.


At his best, his stories are moody, passionate, and mysterious, with fascinating plots and intriguing characters. A doll with no donor and no recipient. I think even if you know what will get in the way of their happiness those scenes are cinematically written and highly effective. The bulk of his best-known work, however, was written in the field of crime fiction, often appearing serialized in pulp magazines or as paperback novels.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. They give her a sense of belonging that she clearly has not experienced before. There is still the problem of the read father of her child, who shows up after a period of time, with a clever blackmailing scheme that puts her in peril. Our heroine is of the type that is always stifling her screams with her knuckles.