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  • Mildred Pierceby James M. Cain

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.95

    In Mildred Pierce , noir master James M. Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devasting emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable. 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... more...

  • The Postman Always Rings Twiceby James M. Cain

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.00

    An amoral young tramp.  A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband.  A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve. First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the... more...

  • Double Indemnityby James M. Cain

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.00

    James M. Cain, virtuoso of the roman noir , gives us a tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful story in  Double Indemnity,  an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches.  Walter Huff was an insurance salesman with an unfailing instinct for clients who might be in trouble,... more...

  • Three by Cainby James M. Cain

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.95

    All three books are written with an enduring view of the dark corners of the American psyche. Cain hammered high art out of the crude matter of betrayal, bloodshed, and perversity. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • Serenadeby James M. Cain

    Orion 2010; US$ 10.99

    'Cain has established a formidable reputation of furious pace, harsh and masterful realism, tough, raw speech right out of the mouths of the people' SATURDAY REVIEW Serenade is the story of the eternal triangle - with a difference. John Howard Sharp is an American opera singer down on his luck, having just bombed in Rigoletto in Mexico City when... more...

  • The Postman Always Rings Twiceby James M. Cain

    Orion 2010; US$ 10.99

    'Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway, and not even Raymond Chandler' Tom Wolfe The torrid story of Frank Chambers, the amoral drifter, Cora, the sullen and brooding wife, and Nick Papadakis, the amiable but inconvenient husband, has become a classic of its kind, and established Cain as a major novelist with a spare... more...

  • Double Indemnityby James M. Cain

    Orion 2010; US$ 10.99

    A true crime masterpiece, and highly acclaimed 1940s movie DOUBLE INDEMNITY is the classic tale of an evil woman motivated by greed who corrupts a weak man motivated by lust. Walter Huff is an insurance investigator like any other until the day he meets the beautiful and dangerous Phyllis Nirdlinger and falls under her spell. Together they plot... more...

  • Mildred Pierceby James M. Cain

    Orion 2010; US$ 10.99

    'Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway, and not even Raymond Chandler' Tom Wolfe Mildred Pierce is the story of a determined and ambitious woman who, after her feckless husband abandons her, by hard work and sacrifice builds a successful business to ensure the future of her pampered and selfish daughter. But she isn't... more...

  • Sinful Womanby James M. Cain

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2013; US$ 9.99

    A starlet comes to Reno to start a new life—and end her old one forever Sylvia Shoreham’s Hollywood dreams came true long ago. Critically beloved for her beauty, talent, and style, she was on her way to international stardom when a bad contract committed her to seven years of trashy comedies and half-baked melodramas. Her marriage to her producer... more...

  • The Root of His Evilby James M. Cain

    MysteriousPress.com/Open Road 2013; US$ 9.99

    While slinging hash in a diner, a would-be Cinderella meets her Prince Charming Carrie Selden is not at all like the woman you’ve read about in the papers. Though she was raised in an orphanage, she isn’t an orphan. She didn’t finish high school until she was nineteen, but that was because she was working as a waitress, not because she was slow.... more...