Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Appuntamenti in nero” as Want to Read:
Appuntamenti in nero
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Appuntamenti in nero

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  977 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Cameron McLain, un poliziotto di poco conto, viene incaricato di indagare su una morte banale solo all'apparenza: Jeanette Garrison, moglie di Graham Garrison, si graffia a una gamba e contrae il tetano. La malattia non le lascia scampo e la giovane donna muore. Sembra una disgrazia, ma che comincia a ripetersi ogni anno: un'altra donna muore, un altro uomo viene gettato n ...more
Paperback, Le Strade del Giallo #26, 234 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by A. Mondadori - La Biblioteca di Repubblica (first published 1948)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dan Schwent
On the eve of his wedding, Johnny Marr's fiancee is killed in a freak accident by a liquor bottle hurled out of the window of a small plane. Johnny snaps and goes on a psychopathic killing spree, tracking down the passengers of the plane and killing the most important woman in each man's world. Can Inspector Cameron stop Johnny before it's too late?

Rendezvous in Black has a lot in common with my favorite Woolrich book, The Bride Wore Black. Johnny systematically hunts down each man, figures out
Jan 01, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cornell Woolrich came to my attention when Tom Piccirilli talked him up on his website, stating that Woolrich's take on noir is one of Piccirilli's favorites. Fast-forward about three years, move the scene to Classic Books, the Michigan Mecca for used books--and there I am, holding a copy of "Rendezvous in Black" with a big smile on my face.

Said smile remained throughout this entire read--which, happily, took place over a single afternoon that saw me with nothing to do. I devoured this wicked ta
Mar 03, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woolrich is one sick writer... or maybe not. But for sure this is truly one of most twisted novels ever. A young man (Johnny Marr!) is waiting for his wife, and what happens? Someone in a plane above throws over a liquour bottle and it hits and kills the poor girl. The moment it happens, Johnny Marr smashes his watch to keep that time forever. That image is so beautiful and goth like. So basically he gets a list of those who are on that flight and goes after the girlfriend, wife, or kid. Just to ...more
Apr 15, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noirboiled
The saddest revenge story ever written? Johnny Marr, an almost anonymous young man in middle America (think Our Town), must find the man who killed his fiancée and make the killer suffer as he has suffered. But there are five possible killers, so they must all suffer. The plots that Johnny executes against them require near-omniscience on his part. Never mind that Johnny could have identified the actual killer much more easily--for better or for worse, Woolrich demands that you grant him absurdi ...more
Antonius Block
On the surface, Rendezvous in Black might look like one of the coldest stories ever told. An ordinary young man meets an ordinary young woman every night outside of a drugstore window. One day he is a couple of minutes late, and by the time he arrives she has been horrendously killed. Completely devastated by the experience, the boy is unable to move on, waiting at the same place each night, eventually deciding to make ‘them’ feel what he feels. He finds a list of five passengers on a plane, men ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The structure of Rendezvous in Black was intriguing in that the character first presented to the reader as the protagonist, disappears into the ether after the introductory chapters, only to emerge later as the homicidal specter that haunts a series of interconnected short stories. They’re not separate stories per se, but feel self-contained even though linked by common strands. Each story, or rendezvous, details a new cycle of revenge, and with each one I found my sympathies bouncing back and f ...more
May 17, 2010 Anders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Cornell Woolrich, it came out in 1948. At first his tone struck me as almost modest but what unfolds are revealing insights and the inescapable presense of passion, hate, death, longing, and avenging desperate violence, and pretty soon my impression of his writing tone was altered. He's no wimp afraid of writing a brutal scene and enchanting plot. It rollercoasts with great power and has a great deal of engaging humor especially when dealing with loosers, cops ...more
Carla Remy
This story was very, very dark, and modern feeling (though it's clearly from the 1940s). Disturbingly dark.
Aug 18, 2013 meeners rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
this is one of those books that defy the star-rating system, offering a reading experience composed of equal parts fascination and repulsion. it's a noir novel in the true sense of the term, where the protagonist is the victimizer (and, here, also the victim) and the ending is one that offers satisfaction to nobody at all, not one goddamn soul. you don't root for anybody in these kinds of novels, and what comeuppance there is contains no consolation or atonement or peace or purpose, just a bitte ...more
Ng M.Phuong
Mar 27, 2016 Ng M.Phuong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Love isn't like concrete that's poured just once, and then forever after stays hard and fast. Love is fluid, and once in awhile it leaks out before you can stop it and runs away."

5 vụ giết người.
Đầu tiên, hắn vô hình, chỉ hiển hiện sau một thanh đinh đặt sai chỗ. Kế đó, hắn hiện hữu hơn, hắn bắt đầu có hình hài - một kẻ sát nhân giấu mặt. Rồi hắn bắt đầu xuất hiện như một nhân vật thực, hắn trở thành một phần của tấn kịch, hắn tham gia vào nó, chơi đùa trong nó. Nhưng đến cuối cùng, như thể coi
Jan 13, 2008 Jorge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure when the term "serial killer" came into common use, much less when the serial killer subgenre became popular in fiction.

"Rendezvous in Black," first published in 1948, has got to be one of the earlier examples and it's still one of the best.

The story centers on Johnny Marr (presumably no relation to The Smiths' guitarist), a young man whose bride-to-be is killed in a bizarre accident. Marr vows revenge on the five men he holds responsible for his lover's death. Rather than kill ea
Really enjoyed this. Yes, there are plot holes you can drive a truck through, and yes, sometimes Woolrich runs off at the mouth--er, pen--to the detriment of the action.

But I kinda didn't care; something about his writing generates a mood and tension that never let up. If you're a fan of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, by all means check this out.
Apr 03, 2012 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, noir
I can't even put into words how much I loved this book. I am now a huge Woolrich fan... such a great writer.
This is the second Woolrich book I read and I became an even bigger fan. The suspense is almost unbearable.
Ismael Galvan
Started good, and then it bored me to tears.
Mariano Hortal
Publicado en

Cada uno de estos libros merecería una entrada propia. Normalmente suelo unirlos en posts conjuntos, porque si no, el blog estaría lleno de entradas de la excelente colección de novela negra/policíaca del sello de RBA Serie Negra. En esta ocasión, y aprovechando el tirón de este monográfico de literatura de género, os pongo a continuación una nueva batería con tres clásicos que ordenaré de más moderno a más antiguo.
El primero del que voy a hab
Oct 27, 2010 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jackrecommends
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jeremy Hurd-McKenney
Prepare for a rendezvous in black yourself, as this is very dark, but satisfyingly so. Despite a slightly clunky ending and few plot points that rely on a heavy dose of misogynist worldview, this has a taut, no-nonsense storyline where there are no clear cut good or bad guys.
RB Love
Jun 08, 2010 RB Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2010
Recommended to me by Eileen McGowan and tripped up a little by her sister CJ who hit me with a key spoiler about the plot when she learned I was reading it. I'd never heard of this book or writer, Cornell Woolrich, until Eileen loaned me this book. And now I'm hooked.
Woolrich was apparently as openly gay a writer as one could be in the '30's and 40's when his work was either successfully pre-dating or coinciding with the pillars of the noir edifice, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet, Erle Stanle
Jeremy Good
Jun 19, 2012 Jeremy Good rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sep 25, 2016 Jilles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a series of novella's. His wonderful style is very old school suspense.
Dec 13, 2016 Holden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oct 04, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RENDEZVOUS IN BLACK. (1948). Cornell Woolrich. ****.
Woolrich tells a diabolical story of a love affair that leads to murder. Johnny Marr and his girlfriend Dorothy have been going out together and in love since they were, respectively, nine- and eight-years old. Now, Johnny is nineteen, and looking forward to the time when he has a better job so that he and Dorothy can get married. Every night, Dorothy would stand outside of the town’s drug store, on the corner, and wait for Johnny to show up. H
Mark Hennion
Jun 14, 2014 Mark Hennion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir-hardboiled
I first learned of Cornell Woolrich through the Hard Case Crime series. After learning the genre distinctions which have relegated his powerful work to a criminally forgotten era, I spent some time working with my local library's inter-library loan and *voila*, I had what critics and friends regarded as his masterpiece.

Rendezvous in Black hails from an era before revenge novels were hackneyed or cliche; moreover, Woolrich devoted a generous portion of the opening to allow us to truly delve in to
Alan Livingston
What a terrific book, the first I’ve read by Woolrich. This is an incredibly well-crafted story written in a noir style I found more compelling than many. Some reviews mention an overblown melodrama, but I found that element to emphasize and enhance the deep emotion of the protagonist/villain, Johnny Marr. This story is about revenge being served very cold, with Marr absolutely determined that those who caused him such pain at the start will feel the same loss he did before it’s all over. The ro ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who don't mind highly improbable plots
So Johnny Marr's girlfriend Dorothy turns up murdered on page 2, and Johnny somehow comes up with a list of five men who presumably are the culprits.

From there, I expected a straight-up revenge story, but no. Johnny drops out of the story pretty much altogether, and the rest is told from the point of view of the men and the victims of Johnny's revenge: the most important women in the men's lives. Woolrich chooses not to reveal how Dorothy was killed or whether or not Johnny's been targeting the
May 15, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been said that more film noir screenplays have been adapted from the works of Cornell Woolrich than any other crime novelist. Even films that are considered only quasi-noir, like Hitchcock's Rear Window, were directly inspired by Woolrich tales. It's a shame that Woolrich is largely unknown today, because if Rendezvous in Black is representative of his work overall, then I certainly plan to read a lot more of his stories.

The less said about this particular story, the better. It's more advan
Mar 10, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The epitome of noir in that it was a very dark story. The author's theme here is the randomness and inevitability of death within a world that offers little in the way of real justice. There also is a reflection of the concept of Original Sin -- that there are no true "good" people in the world and that all are capable of doing some wrong out of selfishness.

I found portions of the plot too reliant on coincidence and the antagonist far too able to seemingly do anything without fail. I also found
May 06, 2010 Korynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Fantastic stuff. The book starts vaguely with the pedestrian activity of two people in love that is suddenly cut short by unexpected and inexplicable tragedy. This triggers a mania in the surviving man but we lose track of him to follow the stories of individuals whose lives are disturbed by the insertion of a man who makes himself familiar and sympathetic to them only to disappear with death in his wake. A persistent detective becomes our hero and slowly pieces together a tale of madness and wo ...more
Kevin Wright
Aug 09, 2012 Kevin Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Rendezvous in Black is a lean, mean, dark, deftly-written tale. Woolrich definitely deserves his spot alongside Hammett, Chandler and Cain as a classic noir/crime fiction writer. Woolrich is known as a master of suspense, but this novel was surprising to me for another reason: it's really about love. One of the key lines comes toward the end, where one of the characters muses something along the lines of "What is this strange emotion that brings out the best and the worst in us?"

The five vignet
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Dark Passage
  • The Hot Spot
  • The Big Clock
  • Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  • Cockfighter
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • A Swell-Looking Babe
  • Laura
  • Fast One
  • Nightmare Town
  • Here Comes a Candle
Cornell Woolrich is widely regarded as the twentieth century’s finest writer of pure suspense fiction. The author of numerous classic novels and short stories (many of which were turned into classic films) such as Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Waltz Into Darkness, and I Married a Dead Man, Woolrich began his career in the 1920s writing mainstream novels that won ...more
More about Cornell Woolrich...

Share This Book