Movie #1528 (#310 this year): Return Of The Whistler (1948, D Ross Lederman)
Got a hot tip on D Ross Lederman from the Film Noir Of The Week blog. This one was on the Internet Archives so I thought I'd give it a try.
It's a sub-Twilight Zone type of thing: couple want to be married - come to small town - justice-of-the-peace is away - the nearby hotel has only one room - bride-to-be stays there - groom-to-be returns next day - bride-to-be has disappeared. It doesn't really continue that strong but good enough to keep my interest right to the end.
UPDATE: I missed it during the opening credits: "story by Cornell Woolrich" - no wonder the plot is so good!
Book #362 (#51 this year): The Maine Massacre(1979, Janwillem van de Wetering)
So what's a Dutch fellow doing writing about a massacre in Maine? Not sure, but that's the best thing about this book. Two Amsterdam detectives are in the USA for a task unrelated to their occupations. But of course they do discover a crime and set to work. The best part of this book was early on when Wetering was describing the clash of cultures. Then the whodunit set in and that wasn't so interesting. Still and all a worthwhile read.