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Rendezvous in BlackFollow up this weeks movie with this hard boiled, tense, and grim masterpiece. This is the first Cornell Woolrich novel I've read, but it certainly won't be the last. He was an interesting individual who started wanting to be the next F. Scott Fitzgerald and ended up one of the most prolific and entertaining pulp novelists and wrote the novel that Rear Window was based on, so to find out about this intriguing writer, make sure to read the introduction.

This is the last in Woolrich's “black series” which also includes The Bride Wore Black, The Black Curtain, Black Alibi, The Black Angel, and The Black Path of Fear. Here we find Johnny Marr (another character is named Morrissey, so guess who else may have been a fan?) a love stricken man with vengeance on his mind after his girl dies in a freak accident. He systematically hunts down every man involved in the incident and murders who ever they love the most.

I would love to see Robert Rodriguez do a stylized film version after his pleasing adaptation of Sin City. This is one of those quick, fun novels that you feel so excited and thrilled to have found. Both Jim and I have been psyched about it and I hope you will be too.

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Posted on February 19, 2007

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