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Cymric - 05:50am Jul 22, 1999 PST(#48 of 58)

David Matthews.

Regarding your Cornell Woolrich/Vertigo tie in. I too remember that incident in a Woolrich novel. Unfortunately like you I don't remember which one. I do remember it was in series of paperbacks with introductions by Francis Nevins. Nevins himself remarked on the similarity to Vertigo.

Interestingly enough Boilieau and Narcejac who wrote "The Living And The Dead" have always been strongly influenced by Woolrich. Perhaps that is where they got the germ of their idea.


Steve Bailey - 05:54am Jul 25, 1999 PST(#49 of 58)

I am looking to buy a copy of a 1974 novel called 'Good Girls Don't Get Murdered' by the black American mystery author Percy Spurlark Parker. It's impossible to get it in England, I don't think it's in print in America either. I'm also interested in buying any of James Mitchell's 'Callan' series of novels, these are all out of print. Can any fellow rare mystery book enthusiast out there help?


David Matthews - 07:26pm Jul 25, 1999 PST(#50 of 58)

Cymric.

Thank you for your verification on the Woolrich/Vertigo connection. I do remember that series with the Nevin's introductions. I shall concentrate my search. Thanks again.


David Matthews - 08:08pm Jul 25, 1999 PST(#51 of 58)

Does any one else remember those two fine suspense writers of the forties, Dorothy B. Hughes (she wrote "In A Lonely Place" and "Ride A Pink Horse" ) and Elisabeth Sanxay Holding ("The Innocent Mrs. Duff" "The Blank Wall")? Holding was one of Raymond Chandler's favorite writers.


P Marlowe - 12:23pm Jul 31, 1999 PST(#52 of 58)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Thank you, David Matthews, for reminding us that there were many good women writers in America. Some of the best mysteries (later filmed) were written by women:

  • Laura

  • Strangers on a Train

  • Sorry, Wrong Number


  • David Matthews - 05:35pm Jul 31, 1999 PST(#53 of 58)

    ... and don't forget the considerable output of Craig Rice. I always loved her sense of humor.


    David Matthews - 07:55pm Jul 31, 1999 PST(#54 of 58)

    Come to think of it Craig Rice belongs in a different category. Something like "comic hard-boiled".


    Jane Rubino - 10:39am Aug 9, 1999 PST(#55 of 58)

    And don't forget that "In a Lonely Place" was a wonderful noir film, directed by Nicholas Ray, starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame (married to Ray at the time, I believe). If it comes around on one of the classic movie channels, I highly recommend it.


    David Matthews - 01:19pm Aug 12, 1999 PST(#56 of 58)

    I agree that "In A Lonely Place" was a good movie. I wish it would turn up on TV more often. Another good movie from a Dorothy B. Hughes novel is "Ride The Pink Horse", directed by and starring Robert Montgomery.

    I have always had a special fondness for Gloria Grahame. I didn't know that she was married to Nicholas Ray but I can believe it. At one time or another she was married to just about everyone in Hollywood. She had a complex romantic life. One of her young lovers, Peter Turner, wrote a book about her "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool". In it he tells a story of how at one time she found out that she was married to her own son-in-law!!


    Mag Hansen - 01:47pm Feb 7, 2000 PST(#57 of 58)

    A cool suspense trhiller I recently read was RED HEARTS by BARLOG. The book is about a serial killer in Albuquerque and the intense hunt to stop the killing. The hero of the story is an Apache police lieutenant which added and very interesting depth to the novel.


    David Matthews - 05:03pm May 11, 2001 PST(#58 of 58)

    Some time back I asked a question about similarities between Hitchcock’s "Vertigo" and an incident in a Cornell Woolrich novel.

    I described the incident as follows: -

    In the novel the police are hunting for a man. They know the man is grieving for his lost love and sometimes visits the places where they were happy together. Working from photographs of the dead woman the police find someone who looks similar, make her up to make the resemblance even more striking then use the woman as a decoy by having her frequent the same places. The man catches glimpses of the woman and thinks that somehow his dead lover is still alive.

    The incident occurs in the novel "Rendezvous in Black".

    Thanks to all who helped.

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