FB2 Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Cornell Woolrich download text story epub saleFB2 Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Cornell Woolrich download text story epub sale
Two Eyes are PlentyCornell Woolrich is one of the principal вЂFilm NoirвЂ™ writers. Many of his idiosyncratic books have been filmed as was вЂњNight has a Thousand EyesвЂќ. There are parts of this book that sparkle just like the title but there are other places that it slows down mostly in the police investigation sections when the main protagonist, police officer Tom Shawn, isnвЂ™t involved. The first 30% of the book is bang on, a real page turner; vintage Film Noir. The scene: A rich beautiful girl in distress, under the moonlight, scattering money, precious jewels, and expensive cars until Shawn, the working stiff aka a policeman, comes to her rescue. The two retire to a Hopperesque diner to get out of the San Francisco fog and to discuss our heroine Jean ReidвЂ™s plight.Jean is desperate because of a horrible prediction about her fatherвЂ™s fate. This is where Shawn and his buddies get to work to try and figure out the fortune hunterвЂ™s angle, how he seeks to benefit from the ReidsвЂ™ vast wealth. And during the depression a lot of people will do a lot of things to survive. The cops need to find out quickly how to prevent ReidвЂ™s preordained death. As often with Film Noir the themes are fate, the occult and the inevitability of a horrible death. IвЂ™m not sure how this book would have read to contemporaries (1945) but from a modern view point there are parts that seem very farfetched. Yet I canвЂ™t help but reflect that some of the current genre books about vampires and zombies are just as fanciful. The vampires are just swapped out for different boogie folks in вЂњNightвЂќ so suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride. This is a fun book. IвЂ™m glad Woolrich is being re-printed.Included is a preface by Francis M Nevins revealing WoolrichвЂ™s two other pen names and some of his personal back story, his years as a film writer in Hollywood and his retreat back to New York to live with his cantankerous mother, his brief marriage. His most familiar movie is HitchcockвЂ™s вЂњRear WindowвЂќ.This review is based on an e-galley provided by the publisher.
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