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Phantom Lady (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 20 ago 2001

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L'autore

Cornell Woolrich, along with Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, was one of the creators of the noir genre. He is the author of many seminal works including REAR WINDOW, the basis of the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

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Dettagli prodotto

  • Copertina rigida: 291 pagine
  • Editore: Ibooks; New edition edizione (20 agosto 2001)
  • Collana: Definitive Series
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0743423739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743423731
  • Peso di spedizione: 272 g
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4.0 su 5 stelle Gripping mystery 26 marzo 2016
Di fra7299 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
“We’ re just companions for an evening. Two people having dinner together, seeing a show together. No names, no addresses, no irrelevant personal references and details…”

Scott Henderson is a condemned man. Time is of the essence. His wife, a victim of apparent foul play; yet Henderson maintains his innocence. All clues point to him, and now he awaits his death sentence. A woman who he was with could prove an alibi, but where is she? She’s a phantom: no one knows her, no one has seen her. It’s as if she has literally become invisible.

Above all things, I think Phantom Lady is an effective mystery in that it excels in holding us in suspense for the majority of the plot. Part of the mystery is uncovering bits and pieces that could possibly give credibility to Henderson’s case, but there is also a bit of a mystery figuring out why everyone involved is so hush-hush about this ill-fated night. As we get further into the case, and as Henderson awaits the days until his execution, Woolrich pushes us closer with hints and clues, careful not to reveal too much. Moreover, there is an unexpected event, a twist that definitely threw me for a loop.

Phantom Lady is my first read from Cornell Woolrich, and it won’t be my last. Woolrich has a way of putting the average individual in very dark and seemingly unmanageable situations, and then we see if they can worm their way out. There is an aura of fatalism that seems to grip the narrative as well, something that reminded me a bit of a David Goodis work.

If there is one knock on Phantom Lady, it is the meticulously detail by detail explanation in the conclusion (after the final big reveal). We are beat over the head ad nauseum with how it went down.

Other than that, I was very impressed with Phantom Lady, and looking forwards to more reads from Woolrich.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Another Great Reading Experience From Woolrich 25 marzo 2002
Di J. D Suggs - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Even if this one is not quite as powerful as "I Married A Dead Man", and the ending doesn't pay off quite as fully as you might hope, it is still a very involving and typically stylish piece of storytelling that grabs you in chapter one and holds on tight till it's done with you. It also contains one of the most powerful single chapters I've ever read- a set piece in which a mysterious woman stalks a bartender simply by staring at him and following him until his nerves begin to crumble- which could stand alone as a short story superior to the novel as a whole. As a reading experience, this is a genuine treat, and the book itself- a faithful facsimile of the first edition- is beautiful to look at and a great pleasure to own. A bargain at the original price and a steal on sale. Thank you again, Otto Penzler.
5.0 su 5 stelle Five Stars 13 marzo 2017
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
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5.0 su 5 stelle tremendous! 12 gennaio 2013
Di Conan - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
Five stars to Centipede Press for planning on publishing the full works of Cornell Woolrich. These five volumes make a worthy start and I only hope that Woolrich's greatest novel, Rendezvous in Black, comes soon, for I shall certainly buy it as I bought these. Quite apart from his output Woolrich was an interesting character in himself, almost like someone from one of his novels. I had read recently that he lived in a rather run-down hotel in NY with his mother, and kept a policeman's uniform in a trunk at the foot of his bed. He dressed in the uniform and walked the streets at night seeking "rough trade." He died a miserable alcoholic in a wheelchair, mostly forgotten. As any perusal of ebay on any given day shows Woolrich's novels command insane and ridiculous prices with even cheap paperbacks going for nearly a hundred dollars. It is time that someone has brought some organization to the works, as Centipede clearly plans to do, battles with the estate aside. I did once come across a complete works published in South America (!!) but unfortunately not in English. This project will serve history. As another reviewer pointed out it is best to buy these from the publisher directly.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Countdown to death. 23 ottobre 2011
Di Michael G. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
Most novels and short stories authored by Cornell Woolrich are characterized by the use of finely honed suspense to induce in the reader a visceral, heart-pounding reaction. In Phantom Lady, Woolrich uses the impending execution of an innocent man to provide himself perfect narrative grist with which to make the element of suspense come alive.

In many ways, Phantom Lady is the quintessential Cornell Woolrich novel. Not only is the overall storyline highly suspenseful, many of the individual chapters are richly suspense-laden in and of themselves. As always, Woolrich's exquisite command of the English language makes for cleverly evocative descriptions.

Unfortunately, as is often the case in Woolrich's fiction, there is an almost willful disregard for plausibility. Minor holes in the plot can be forgiven when the writing is otherwise strong. But in the case of Phantom Lady, the explanation of the underlying mystery is so preposterous, Woolrich's considerable storytelling skill proves only partially redemptive. Three stars.