I just finished a great (to me) Woolrich novel, I Married a Dead Man, which used a lot of explication to move the story along. Due to the plot and the isolation of the main character, it would be hard to avoid it.
Styles change, however. So does it ever work well nowadays. Are you ever willing to learn information in this way or must it all come out through dialogue and action? Would you rather be somewhat in the dark about motives or background, rather than have interior monologues to get information across? What happens when a character is isolated and there can be little dialogue?
Thanks for your thoughts.