Down these mean streets, even a woman must go. In the forties, a woman’s only power over men was her sex appeal. In The Bride Wore Black, Julie is a beautiful woman. What evil lurks within her? Because in classic noir, it’s always about the dame.
As a child, whenever I saw Cornell Woolrich’s name on the cover of a Ellery Queen of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, I would snatch it up! That one story alone would make the price of the magazine worth it. Thus began my lifelong love affair with mysteries.
I’m sure I read this book years ago in my preteens when I was obsessed with noir. However, I got more enjoyment out of it now with my more world weary perspective. Whether you watch noir films on TCM or love classic Hitchcock movies, you will adore the even darker noir of The Bride Wore Black. In fact, The Bride from Tarantino’s Kill Bill series is said to be based on this book. 5 stars and a tip of my drink to a master author!
Thanks to American Mystery Classics, Penzler Publishers and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.