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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.
Cain is a master. This book was so far ahead of its time in exploring moral ambiguity, I can only imagine what a shock to the system it was when first published. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Cy_6V
Everything went fine. Delivery was on time and book was in good shape. No complaints at all.Published 1 month ago by Jerry C.
I first saw the movie based on this book from 1946 starring James Garfield and Lana Turner. The acting, haunting soundtrack and noir feel hooked me- not to mention the best part,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony Mitchell
Read it all in one sitting. A quick thriller tale about love and deception. I definitely recommend this book for you.Published 3 months ago by Chase Waite