RARA-AVIS: I Married A Dead Man

From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 20 Aug 2002

Just finished I MARRIED A DEAD MAN. Woolrich writes beautifully and the irony at end was drop-dead wicked, but the writing was a bit melodramatic for me. I guess a steady diet of hardboiled has left me with calloused emotions. I just couldn't understand all the commotion over one dead guy. But I blame my own tastes and not the quality of Woolrich's prose.

I've seen one of the original pulp covers for the book, and I can't help but think that it made the author cringe. It makes it look like a horror novel and she's married to the walking dead, and people expecting what they saw on the cover (commercial and exploitive?) were bound to be disappointed. I know Chandler hated the pulpy covers they put on his books. He thought it was like dressing up a respectable lady like a streetwalker.


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