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If there is one suspense writer who deserves to have all of his stories published in one collection, it's Cornell Woolrich. He wasn't a great writer in a technical way (like, say, Chandler was), but no one wrote more suspenseful stories than Woolrich. His characters were like he was: flawed, desperate, feeling, as Woolrich called it, like an insect trapped under a glass. "Life sucks, and then you die, but even worse, sometimes you get to live" is the theme of his work. The thing I like about Woolrich is that there are no series characters in his stories or novels. You never know if a character is going to die, or go insane, or whatever.

Here are some Woolrich books to get you started. Enjoy!

Rear Window (Stories)

The Cornell Woolrich Omnibus
(This collection contains some of my favorite Woolrich stories, such as Three o' Clock and Momentum, and one of his better novels, I Married a Dead Man.)

Phantom Lady (Novel)

The Bride Wore Black (Novel)

(Woolrich also wrote under the pseudonym William Irish.)

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