Story A Day: “The Night Reveals” by Cornell Woolrich

shortstorymonth320x320Just got in the mail the Centipede Press collection Speak to Me of Death: The Collected Short Fiction of Cornell Woolrich, Volume I. We started in the middle of the collection with the story “The Night Reveals” about an insurance investigator who begins to suspect his wife may be a pyromaniac and secret arsonist. While other short story writers might have let that revelation be the end of the story (no spoilers here; any attentive reader will see it coming within the first few pages), Woolrich pushes a little deeper, turns the screw a little tighter, and gives no release, not even in the final actions of the story. Unflinching. — Art Taylor