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Cain, James M. (James Mallahan) 1892-1977

Works: 506 works in 1,797 publications in 12 languages and 36,751 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Psychological fiction  Television adaptations  Domestic fiction  Detective and mystery stories  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Author of screenplay, Creator, Other, Contributor, Author of dialog, Originator, Conceptor
Classifications: PS3505.A3113, 813.52
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The postman always rings twice by James M Cain( Book )
138 editions published between 1934 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,884 libraries worldwide
The sultry young wife of a diner owner conspires with an aimless drifter to murder her husband
Mildred Pierce by James M Cain( Book )
82 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,560 libraries worldwide
"Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable"--P. [4] of cover
Double indemnity by James M Cain( Book )
44 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,153 libraries worldwide
Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1935, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir. From the Trade Paperback edition
The cocktail waitress by James M Cain( Book )
9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,016 libraries worldwide
A rerelease of a classic tale by the New Yorker journalist and author of The Postman Always Rings. Following her husband's death in a suspicious car accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet and to have a chance of regaining custody of her young son. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer who makes her blood race and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage
Cain x 3; three novels by James M Cain( Book )
8 editions published between 1964 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 958 libraries worldwide
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Cloud nine by James M Cain( Book )
13 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 868 libraries worldwide
One man sells his soul to save an innocent—who turns out not to be so innocent after all Graham meets Sonya outside of his real estate office. She is sixteen, beautiful, and showing just the right amount of leg. He’s ruminating on those legs when she drops the bombshell—she’s there because Graham’s brother, Burl, raped her, leaving her frightened, pregnant, and very much alone. She was spending the night with a friend when two boys and a case of beer turned a quiet evening into a hellish orgy. All she wants is the $1,111 it will cost to spend the next few months in a convalescent home, then give the baby up for adoption, but Burl won’t give her the money. Sonya’s vengeful father, meanwhile, wants far more money from Burl, to pay for harming his daughter. Graham offers Sonya a better choice: He’ll marry her so that she can get a legal abortion. This moment of twisted generosity will change his life forever—but he has no idea that, as he asks for Sonya’s hand, he is signing away his soul
The postman always rings twice ; Double indemnity ; Mildred Pierce ; and selected stories by James M Cain( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 647 libraries worldwide
Contains three novels and five short stories by American author James M. Cain, including "The Postman Always Rings Twice" about a drifter who embarks on a course of destruction when he falls for the wife of Nick, the genial owner of a roadside cafe
Double indemnity by Billy Wilder( visu )
63 editions published between 1944 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 631 libraries worldwide
An insurance salesman and an unhappy wife conspire to murder her husband and collect his insurance policy
Serenade by James M Cain( Book )
68 editions published between 1937 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 628 libraries worldwide
The baby in the icebox and other short fiction by James M Cain( Book )
13 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 600 libraries worldwide
A collection of stories, both early and late, that show how James M. Cain made his name There is a hungry tiger loose in the house, and that is not good news for anyone. A jealous husband let the animal out of his cage hoping he would eat his wife alive, but tigers aren’t used to taking orders. This jungle cat will get his meal, and he doesn’t care where it comes from. “The Baby in the Icebox” begins with a murdered wildcat and ends with a dead human—and what comes in between is some of the most striking prose James M. Cain ever put to paper. It is one of the first stories this master of crime fiction ever wrote, and it shows all the hallmarks of the novels that would later make him famous—namely Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The tales in this collection are short, but Cain never needed more than a few pages to thrill
Mignon by James M Cain( Book )
14 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 548 libraries worldwide
In the New Orleans of 1864, a Union Army veteran is drawn into the contraband cotton trade by an irresistible young widow
The postman always rings twice by James M Cain( Sound Recording )
12 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and held by 533 libraries worldwide
A drifter and the bored young wife of a middle-aged cafe owner become lovers and murder her husband. They escape justice, but eventually are caught in their own web
Rainbow's end by James M Cain( Book )
10 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in English and held by 475 libraries worldwide
A hijacker and his hostage escape to a very strange, very dangerous farm Since his father died, every Saturday night has been the same for Dave and his mother. She starts by talking—aimless, weird fantasies about get-rich-quick schemes that never come to anything—but finally she goes silent, and that’s when Dave becomes afraid. Mom has a way of getting very close that is repellent and appealing all at once, and he’s terrified of where it might lead. One Saturday, a noise outside breaks the silence. A hijacker has escaped his stolen plane with a parachute, a hundred thousand dollars in cash, and one very frightened stewardess. The thief thinks he’s gotten away with it, but he doesn’t know what Dave’s mother will do for an easy payday—and a chance to make her son a happy man
The enchanted isle by James M Cain( Book )
4 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 465 libraries worldwide
While searching for her father, a runaway stumbles into a deadly mess At thirteen, Mandy was too old for spanking when her stepfather first took her over his knee. She’s didn’t mind the pain, but hated the look in his eye and his lingering hand. By the time she’s fifteen, this young spitfire can’t take any more of his unwanted groping. With seventy-four bucks in her pocket, she packs her things and buys the bus ticket that will change her life. She meets Rick at the bus stop—a handsome young thug who’s a few days removed from his last bath. He’s charming and sympathetic, so she buys him a ticket and, on the ride to Baltimore, tells him that she’s going to find her real father. But wouldn’t it be better, Rick suggests, to greet Daddy in style? Of course, a mink coat would cost a little money, but Rick knows just where to get it. His plan is daring, foolish, and highly dangerous. What teenage runaway could resist?
Three of a kind by James M Cain( Book )
19 editions published between 1804 and 1950 in English and Undetermined and held by 458 libraries worldwide
The institute : a novel by James M Cain( Book )
8 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 433 libraries worldwide
An academic looking for money finds a woman and trouble instead Professor Lloyd Palmer loves a good biography. His fantasy is to start an institute to teach young scholars the biographical arts, and it will take old money to make his dreams come true. Around Washington, the oldest money is found not in the District, but in Delaware, a land of wealth so astonishing that even the Du Ponts are considered nouveau riche. But when the professor goes to Wilmington, he comes away not with old money, but young trouble. Her name is Hortense Garrett. She is his benefactor’s wife, a twenty-something beauty trapped in an unhappy marriage, whose good looks conceal the most cunning mind this side of the Potomac. She needs a ride to Washington, and Lloyd offers to give her a lift. They’ve barely left Delaware before he falls for her. By the time they hit the Beltway, his biography will be in her hands
The magician's wife by James M Cain( Book )
11 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in English and held by 419 libraries worldwide
For the love of a beautiful waitress, a meat salesman will turn butcher Clay Lockwood enters the Portico with corned beef on his mind. He’s a top distributing executive with Grant’s Meats, and the contract with the Portico restaurant chain is only the latest in a long line of boardroom coups. He comes for lunch, and eats his fill of his company’s beef, but leaves with an entirely different hunger gnawing at his gut—a volcanic passion that will tear him apart. The hostess’s name is Sally Alexis, a magician’s wife whose rough-hewn charm mesmerizes this magnate of meat. She rebuffs his first pass, but calls him up later, to explain her situation and plead for tenderness. Although her marriage is miserable, she’s won’t leave her husband because she wants to secure an inheritance for her little boy. As the lovers get closer, Lockwood becomes an amateur illusionist himself, focusing on one very particular trick—how to make a magician disappear
Career in C major and other fiction by James M Cain( Book )
4 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 389 libraries worldwide
From a famous tough-guy writer, a collection of shockingly funny stories Ever since she got married, Doris has regretted giving up her singing career. After years of domestic drudgery, she decides to take one last crack at becoming an opera singer, even if it means sacrificing everything for the sake of her dream. Her contractor husband is fully supportive, having no idea that the family’s true musical genius isn’t Doris—it’s him. In this and other stories in Career in C Major, James M. Cain shows off a light comedic touch that will surprise readers who are familiar only with his crime novels The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. But Cain had been publishing funny stories, articles, and satire since his early days as a reporter for H. L. Mencken’s Baltimore Sun, and was just as comfortable writing about singers as he was about killers. This collection of Cain’s lighter work shows that if an author is tough it doesn’t mean he can’t crack a smile
The butterfly by James M Cain( Book )
20 editions published between 1946 and 1982 in English and held by 387 libraries worldwide
The postman always rings twice by Tay Garnett( visu )
40 editions published between 1946 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 370 libraries worldwide
A drifter is offered a job at a roadside diner by the owner, an easy-going older man. When the drifter and the owner's voluptuous wife fall in love, they plot the murder of her husband
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Alternative Names
Cain, James 1892-1977
Cain, James M.
Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-197
Cain, James Mallaham 1892-1977
Cain, James Mallahan.
Cain, James Mallahan, 1892-1977
Kʿein, Cheimsŭ M. 1892-1977
Mallahan Cain, James 1892-1977
קין, ג'מס מלהן
ケイン, J. M
ケイン, ジェイムズ・M
ケイン, ジェームス
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