Recommended by Goldsboro Books
Rinehart & Company, Inc, New York, 1948. Hardcover. First Edition. 273pp. Boards. A very good copy with no marks but some wear to spine edges. A very good copy in bright, very good+ plus dustjacket with light wear to edges with a small amount of loss at top of spine panel.
On a mild midwestern night in the early 1940s, Johnny Marr leans against a drugstore wall. He s waiting for Dorothy, his fiancée, and tonight is the last night they ll be meeting here, for it s May 31st, and June 1st marks their wedding day. But she s late, and Johnny soon learns of a horrible accident an accident involving a group of drunken men, a low-flying charter plane, and an empty liquor bottle. In one short moment Johnny loses all that matters to him and his life is shattered. He vows to take from these men exactly what they took from him. After years of planning, Johnny begins his quest for revenge, and on May 31st of each year always on May 31st wives, lovers, and daughters are suddenly no longer safe.
"Along with Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich practically invented the genre of noir."