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Manhattan Love Song

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  6 reviews

"Nothing beats a tale of fatalistic dread by the supreme master of suspense, Cornell Woolrich. His novels and hundreds of short stories define the essence of noir nihilism."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

The father of modern noir first wanted to be the second F. Scott Fitzgerald. This 1932 novel brilliantly showcases Cornell Woolrich's transition from mode

Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Pegasus Books (first published 1980)
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Antonius Block
In his early days, Woolrich sought to become the second Fitzgerald and penned a half dozen jazz age novels before turning to the pulps and forming his distinctive noir style. Manhattan Love Song is a transitional novel, the last of his jazz age novels that at the same time introduces some of the darker themes he would begin to employ regularly in what was to come.

Woolrich is probably the best example of a noir writer who was decidedly NOT a hard-boiled writer. Those two terms tend to get confla
Fraser Sherman
Frustrating to give this one such a poor rating. Woolrich writes superbly in his first published book, but the protagonist of this noirish romance is an abusive spouse who mentions in passing that he steps on his wife's feet and throws scalding hot coffee on her to remind her who's boss. At the time, I guess this would have qualified him as a flawed protagonist, but I have absolutely zero sympathy, which is a dealbreaker in a romance.
The protagonist is an unsympathetic idiot at best and a contemptible cad at worst, but the story is engrossing and the draw of an impending train-wreck kept me reading to the very end. The book is well written, if obviously a product of its time both in style and substance.
The first noir from a notable pulp author. After attempting Jazz Age prose a la F. Scott Fitzgerald, Woolrich turned to dark mysteries. This is a tale of doomed lovers in Manhattan in the 1930s. Rather grim ending but a good period piece.
Lukas Persson
The lead in this book is insufferable. He's such an idiotic, self-centered character, I'm surprised I like this book at all, but it was well written, and with an engaging story, be it pretty simple.
I have to admit, I didn't even get into this book. From the first chapter I thought it was crude and disgusting. I had no desire to continue reading.
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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
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