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Rear Window

Rear Window - Cornell Woolrich A man with a broken leg notices a neighbor's wife seems to have gone missing. Is she in the hospital, out of town, or dead?

When a man ain’t got nothing to do but just sit all day, he sure can think up the blamest things—

Most of us know the basic plot of Rear Window (aka It Had to be Murder), even if we haven't seen the Alfred Hitchcock movie. The plot has been parodied on The Simpsons, ALF, Family Guy, and probably a hundred other places. Some peeping Tom sees something and jumps to all sorts of conclusions.

Hal Jeffries can't seem to keep his nose out of his neighbors' business and things start to unravel. Why won't anyone believe him? Is he going crazy? Woolrich keeps you guessing right up until the end.

It's a quick read and pretty suspenseful, if a little dated. 3.5 out of five stars. It can be read for free here: http://www.miettecast.com/woolrich.pdf