Item #288076 BLACK ALIBI. Cornell Woolrich.

BLACK ALIBI.

Lawrence E. Spivak | Jonathan Press | American Mercury Publications, [1945].

Soft Cover. Stated ‘Jonathan Press Mystery No. J23’ on the copyright page. Woolrich was a pulp novelist of the highest order, particularly for his prodigious output, as well as the amount of his material which was later turned to film. This murder mystery was adapted for the cinema in Jacques Tourneur's The Leopard Man (1943), the story of a serial killer who kills women with a feline claw. To quote from an online piece, "the book is a masterly exercise in the orchestration of tension and suspense. Its unusual structure is punctuate with passages of breathtaking menace and dark poetry." Woolrich's work directly inspired one of cinema's earliest depictions of a realistic serial killer, a proto-example of the Slasher genre. Originally published in 1943, this is an abridged reprint edition, typical for pulp mystery novels. Slight chipping to the bottom corner of the first few leaves and front cover. Toning to the text and covers. Rippling and spots of surface loss to the spine, and wear and slight creasing to the covers. (http://cineaction.ca/issue71sample.htm~(accessed using the Internet Archive; the Dec. 3, 2009 capture)).

Very Good binding.
Item #288076

Price: $95.00

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