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

Borrows-N-Wants Sep 22, I picked this up after watching Mrs. So far the only woolrich I have read but I have two of the Blacks in queue. A woman befriends a wealthy newlywed couple on a train. I think Woolrich does take steps later in the novella to give a rationale to how the mistake could have come about and gives her a strong reason to maintain the fiction but it does require some pretty odd plot contortions to set everything in motion.

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This is your story, and woorlich cannot escape it, you are only the player, not the stage manager. Views Read Edit View history. It is really quite powerful and I do think it is really tragic. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. See the beginnings of Chapters 25, 26 and 27 for an example.

They give her a sense of belonging that she clearly has not experienced before. The only thing I have never bought is the ending and the only thing that keeps the novel from being perfect. Il personaggio di Helen mi ha portata a guardare nell’incubo. And like a number of my favorite suspense authors Patricia Highsmith comes to mindhe wrote about troubled, passionate individuals who stumble into criminal activity. But woolriich did not murder Patrice, she just failed to correct the hospital staff of her true identity and I really couldn’t blame her.

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I liked the bleak tone so I will seek these out!

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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. Nov 28, Gregg rated it really liked it Shelves: She’s eight months pregnant, has just seventeen cents and has been abandoned by her husband. He was not a writer of whodunits or police procedurals; he had no recurring detective character and no repeated settings.

The suspense is outstanding, as in all of Woolrich’s novels and stories. Thanks for the suggestions — I am excited to read Nightmare Alley which actually was the reason I picked up the set in the first place.

After Patrice hands Helen her wedding band so she can wash her hands in the rest room, the train crashes, killing the Hazzards, but Helen survives. We see the tenuousness of our own lives and happiness in Helen and Bill.

It is powerful stuff, underlined by the striking decision to return to the material from the start of the book at the end. I asked msn first! With a title like that, I needed to read this book.

Like Liked by 1 person. Paperbackpages. But I get awfully tired of reading about the same happy hookers and highly capable, critical-but-nurturant wives all the time.

I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich

There are no distracting subplots or contrived “twists” dropped into the novel to artificially “raise the clrnell for the heroine. Skip to content I Married A Dead Man is the story of a murder and the impact it has on a couple who ought to be enjoying a happily ever after.


Dec 09, Julie rated it really liked it. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. I could not put it down, even when it was almost too tense to carry on with.

She is rescued from the wreck and is identified as the dead woman because of the ring she had been wearing on her finger. We know from the start of the novella that Helen will end up married to him and that she will think him responsible for the murder and yet when we first meet him that unhappiness seems unlike him. I think it is time that Woolrich and the other great noir writers of the Thirties and Forties — men like James M.

This is based on an earlier short story, which had a different ending. Amazon Kindle 0 editions. First, the late Hugh Hazzard’s brother Bill falls in love with “Patrice”; woklrich the lowlife who had seduced and abandoned Helen figures out what happened and comes a-blackmailing.

You are commenting using your WordPress. She has not orchestrated this deception and we see that she does truly care for the couple who had lost their son. After Patrice hands Helen her wedding band so she can wash her hands in the rest room, the Pregnant, abandoned by her slimy husband and destitute, Helen Georgesson boards a train going west.