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Author: James M Cain
Publisher: New York, Knopf, 1969 [©1934-41]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE: Cain's first novel - the subject of an obscenity trial in Boston and the inspiration for Camus's The Stranger - is the fever-pitched tale of a drifter who stumbles into a job, into an erotic obsession, and into a murder; MILDRED PIERCE: Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977.
Cain x 3.
New York, Knopf, 1969 [©1934-41]
(OCoLC)567945440
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James M Cain
OCLC Number: 4141
Description: viii, 465 pages 22 cm
Contents: The postman always rings twice. --
Mildred Pierce. --
Double indemnity.
Other Titles: Novels.
Responsibility: by James M. Cain. With a new introd. by Tom Wolfe.

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THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE: Cain's first novel - the subject of an obscenity trial in Boston and the inspiration for Camus's The Stranger - is the fever-pitched tale of a drifter who stumbles into a job, into an erotic obsession, and into a murder; MILDRED PIERCE: Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America with two children and to claw her way out of poverty, becoming a successful businesswoman. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, Cain created a novel (later made into a film noir classic) of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence - and a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable; DOUBLE INDEMNITY: 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.

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