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Phantom Lady

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Title:Phantom Lady
Hopley-Woolrich, Cornell George  Writing under the pseudonym: Irish, William   
(8 of 9 for author by title)
Señor Flatfoot
I Married a Dead Man
Published:   1942
Publisher:J. B. Lippincott Company
Tags:crime, fiction, mystery, film/TV adaptation

A man is first accused, and then convicted, of murdering his wife.

As his execution date approaches, his friends and a sympathetic detective frantically search for his alibi, a woman with whom he’d gone to a Broadway show the night of the murder. None of the people who saw them together recall the woman.

This is one story from a three-story anthology "The Best of William Irish". [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:167 Info

Author Bio for Hopley-Woolrich, Cornell George

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Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich (4 April 1903—25 September 1968) was an American novelist and short story writer who wrote under the names Cornell Woolrich, George Hopley and William Irish. His biographer Francis Nevins Jr. rated him the 4th best crime writer of his day behind Dashiell Hammett, Eric Stanley Gardner and Raymond Chandler.

Like Chandler, little is known about his personal life. Woolrich was born in New York City and his parents separated when he was young. He lived for a time in Mexico with his father before returning to New York to live with his mother. Attending Columbia University, he dropped out his senior year when his first novel “Cover Charge” was published. He continued writing and living with his mother. After she died, he socialized on occasion in Manhattan bars with Mystery Writers of America colleagues and younger fans, but alcoholism, diabetes, and an amputated leg left him a recluse.

Hopley-Woolrich throughout his writing career published 27 novels and 16 short story collections resulting in over 40 films and TV theatre episodes based on his stories. His most famous film adaptation is the movie “Rear Window” directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, based on his story “It Had To Be Murder”.

Sources: http://www.thepassingtramp.blogspot.com; Wikipedia

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