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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.
An unbelievably good novel with some of the best fiction writing I've ever read. Characters you fall in love with, then question your morality as a result. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Chauncey
Cain keeps the pages turning quickly in this crime novel. Desire, sex, murder, and persistent cops. It climaxes in the winding roads above Malibu.Published 2 months ago by M_Chapman
James M. Cain: Three Complete Novels: The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce
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A classic. But the dialogue is a bit ham-fisted and forced, with everything just kind of happening instead of one action leading to another, giving it a meandering plot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Healy
A cross between a comic book and a 50's cops and robbers TV show.Published 3 months ago by Paul Toolis
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 4 months ago by Cy_6V