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A dark tale of the destructive power of love and obsession from ‘The supreme master of suspense’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘The father of the modern suspense story’ LA TIMES


When Louis Durand first meets his bride-to-be after a months-long courtship by mail, he’s shocked that she doesn’t match the photographs sent with her correspondence. But Durand has not exactly been truthful, either, concealing the details of his wealth. Mostly, he feels fortunate she is so much more beautiful than he expected.

Soon after they marry, however, he becomes increasingly convinced that the woman in his life is not the same woman with whom he exchanged letters – and then she suddenly disappears with his fortune.

Alone and desperate, Louis becomes obsessed with finding Julia and bringing her to justice – but it is only when he finally tracks her down that the nightmare truly begins…

Reviews

The supreme master of suspense
NEW YORK TIMES
The father of the modern suspense story
LA TIMES
Of all the authors whose forte was turning our spines to columns of ice, the supreme master of the art, the Hitchcock of the written word, was Cornell Woolrich
Believer Magazine
This haunting downer is an excellent addition to the American Mystery Classics series
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred review
A richly embroidered tapestry ... this is classic noir well worthy of a revival
BOOKLIST
One of the great masters
Ellery Queen
The writing of Cornell Woolrich goes through you like a shriek in the night
Dorothy Salisbury Davis, MWA Grandmaster