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Frank Chambers, a drifter, is dropped from the back of a truck at a rundown rural diner. When he spots Cora, the owner's wife, he instantly decides to stay. The sexy young woman, married to Nick, a violent and thuggish boor, is equally attracted to the younger man and sees him as her way out of her hopeless, boring life. They begin a clandestine affair and plot to kill Nick, beginning their own journey toward destruction.
Horace McCoy, David Goodis, Jim Thompson, and the other notable noir writers never achieved Cain's spare brilliance. Virtually all of his major works have been filmed, though several Hollywood studios refused to make the films, directors refused to be involved, and actors turned down roles because of their repugnance at the lack of morality inherent in all Cain's characters. Reading him may not be fit for a Sunday school class, but once you begin you will be unable to resist continuing, like picking at a painful scab or watching a tarantula inside a glass dome. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Riveting story....not brilliant writing...but it all adds up....with electronic books what is the equivalent of a page turner! A screen pusher?Published 3 days ago by perfect
No soft punches here. Our hero dishes out the life lessons and life gives them back with some extra zip.Published 1 month ago by Shakusteve
Superbly written laconic story; not a crime one but a drama about people in America during the great depression. The beginning of the novel is unforgettable.Published 1 month ago by Pekka Holopainen
It's a classic I had never read. Not sure how to critic something like that. I was just looking for something to read and I usually look for old classics. It was okay.Published 3 months ago by DeAnne Freter
The fact that one week after I finished this book, I have already forgotten how it ends speaks volumes for how I felt about it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J Bartlett
This book arrived right away from the seller. It is a must read for the old and college level ages. The book was in good condition and I read it right through without stopping. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary M. Sifling
I think this is a delightful novel that helps us realize at least one thing, (learning about something through investigation). Aren’t all of us in pursuit of love and happiness? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)
A short, fast, erotic, and suspenseful read that tells the timeless story of passionate love, and the tragic cost of betrayal. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John P.