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.
About the Author
From the 1930s until his death in 1968, Cornell Woolrichriveted the reading public with his mystery, suspense, and horror stories. Classic films like Hitchcock'sRear Windowand Trauffaut'sThe Bride Wore Blackand novels likeNight has a Thousand EyesandThe Black Angelearned Woolrich epithets like "the twentieth century's Edgar Allen Poe" and "the father of noir."
“Along with Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich practically invented the genre of noir.”