This Black Mask Magazine
cover above I believe to be the edition that the Borrowed Crime
story originally appeared. It's dated July on the cover and the artwork reflects the story. However, there is no date, the year, on the cover. (Wiki article on the magazine, Black Mask Magazine
Rand, my Goodreads friend and neighbor in Jacksonville, said that Woolrich was a noir must read author and she was absolutely right. I had never read him until now.
I've had The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories
where I found this, the last entry in the book.
By the way, the book weighs 11.9 pounds. It's very hard to hold but worth that minor inconvenience for the treasure of stories it contains.
Let me do a check here on Borrowed Crime
Excellent, no unnecessary subplots Character development:
Clear, vivid mental imagesDialogue:
Excellent, reads like you're in the room with the characters listening; no pretense to character's voiceOverall:
Clear, clean writing and so noir but on the other end of dark noir
Grade: A+ (or five stars)
Get a chance, Woolrich was an interesting writer and wrote It Had to be Murder
which you would recognize as Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.
Ring any bells? He was a prolific writer of short stories, novels and many films which were based on his work.
Here's his biography from Wiki: Cornell Woolrich
This was my first reading of Woolrich but won't be my last. And now, thanks to Rand, I will recognize his name.