RARA-AVIS: Wrap-up in Woolrich's The Phantom Lady

From: Ed Lynskey ( e_lynskey@yahoo.com)
Date: 12 Jul 2002

Just finished reading last night Cornell Woolrich's The Phantom Lady, my first novel for him.

The mystery's wrap-up comes in the final 30-40 pages when the police detective explains to the protagonist (and reader) the loose ends via the police confession he extracted from the antagonist now in custody.

That got me to wondering if this plot device is used as much today. Pelecanos and Lehane do it a bit to end their novels. The same for Lansdale. Except their wrap-ups don't seem to be as long.

Ed Lynskey


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