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 story line is easy to follow, and the author has an excellent writing style. Articles needing additional references from July All articles needing additional references Books with missing cover.

Almost a noir domestic drama and rather paranoid in tone; good but far from the author’s best. Dec 13, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The ending is different than the movie so I will not spoil it, but for an afternoon of fun light reading, and a “Who did it?

This could not only lead to her losing her home and security for her child but the family she comes to cherish. She is befriended by another cornll who are also expecting and a train wreck and mistaken identity occurs.

She only had 17 cents in her pocket book and a newborn baby with nowhere to go. One such moment occurs when the girl in question is called to supper. Add to Your books. It’s a story of a woman who isn’t really a bad person, but she’s desperate and her ordeals are very intense. No no no no no. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I just ran across this first edition of “I Married a Dead Man” in a box of books I had put into the back room perhaps ten or so years w.

The suspense is outstanding, as in all of Woolrich’s novels and stories. Which ones read, liked? First, the late Hugh Hazzard’s brother Bill falls in love with “Patrice”; and the lowlife who had seduced and abandoned Helen figures out what happened and comes a-blackmailing. The only thing I have never bought is the ending and the only thing that keeps the novel from being perfect. Helen decides to act the part of Patrice, though not without a sense of dread.


Woolrich certainly had the knack for picking out titles that would grab prospective readers. Yet all the while we can feel that this is surely only hanging by the most tenuous threads.

Some of the writing borders on incomprehensible. And all with a edgy darkness, often literal. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Woolrich places the reader into the mind of someone and you feel and experience the world and the situation from her perspective, as she takes the place of another and lives in fear.

But I don’t care, let them come. When she regains consciousness in the hospital, she discovers she has been mistaken for Patrice.

Outside, the street-lights went spinning by like glowing bowls coming toward her down a bowling-alley. The train derails, but not before Patrice Hazzard asks Helen Georgesson to try on her wedding ring.


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Have you read much other Woolrich deead, if so, do you have any recommendations? One of the few books I’ve ever read twice actually three times. There’s four paragraphs about a cigarette left burning in an ash tray Ch. Il personaggio di Helen mi ha portata a guardare nell’incubo.

I Married a Dead Man

I think it is time that Woolrich and the other great noir writers of the Thirties and Forties — men like James M. I have read most of the books in them. Woolrich in an effort to put yet another layer of paranoia on the existential cake leaves us with a footnote that just doesn’t ring true given the characters he has drawn for One of the few books I’ve ever read twice actually three times.

A man was dead. And with a cover like thisI figured it would be pretty creepy, or at least unsettling. And you have to love that title. I bought it for a film noir class, but we never got around to it, so I read it in my spare time, and I’m glad I did. She is rescued from the wreck and is identified as the dead woman because of the ring she had been wearing on her finger. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Woolrich generates a good sense of paranoia This is a very emotional, melodramatic book.


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He was not a writer of whodunits or police procedurals; he had no recurring detective character and no repeated settings. We hear that they have never so much as seen a photograph of her so when the train derails and the couple are killed they assume that she must be their daughter-in-law and so pay for her medical care and give her and her newborn son a home.

When Helen awakes in hospital she discovers she has given birth in the wreckage, and that she has been mistaken for Patrice.

Woolrich generates a good sense of paranoia here, everything feels momentous. She has not orchestrated this deception and we see that she does truly care for the couple who had lost their son.

Yes, there is often wlolrich clumsy convenience to his plots, but isn’t that cprnell of the weird fableness? 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. Admittedly, the plot points didn’t add up quite the way I’d hoped they would.

Bill is given more depth not to mention a name. As you say there really is no happiness to be found here. This one is a type of masterpiece to be sure, but a bit less accessible than the aforementioned.

And I Married a Dead Man is one of his best books. The family of the dead husband comes to see her at the hospital.