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Rendezvous in Black by Cornell Woolrich
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Mar 01, 2012

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Read from March 01 to 06, 2012

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 the ending a bit abrupt for my tastes and somewhat unsatisfying although the journey to it was most enjoyable*. Woolrich is able to create great scenes of foreboding and suspense -- it is during these passages that the book is at its best even if there is the need for a willing suspension of disbelief.

I would give it three and a half stars -- I more than liked it.

*This seems to be a feature of the Noir genre from all eras of it. Very little in the way of epilogues once the climax is reached.

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