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The Five Great Novels of James M. Cain

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The Postman Always Rings Twice
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Mildred Pearce
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James M. Cain is the third member of the trio who had such enormous influence, not only on the writing of detective fiction, on film and the way America was viewed. Like Chandler and Hammett, Cain wrote about crime, but unlike them he wrote from teh point of view of the criminal and with a sen
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Paperback, Picador, 633 pages
Published December 6th 1985 by Picador
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Ian Robinson
Jan 15, 2011 Ian Robinson rated it really liked it
Although several of these books became classic film noirs, they are set more in the 1930s than the post-war 1940s and cold war of the 50s of classic noir. And the difference is telling. Instead of dark cities, these tales are set in the outskirts, in the small towns or the diners, the ports and hillsides. And the big enemy, the darkness that reaches out and consumes all isn't masculine fear, crime, the hopelessness of being alone in the big city, it is basically all down to one thing: the Great ...more
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Sep 02, 2016 The Boy Bands Have Won rated it it was amazing
James M Cain e' purtroppo uno di quegli americani che riesce a farti dimenticare che gli americani ti stanno sul cazzo.

Se non ci fossero americani come lui, la mia vita sarebbe molto piu' semplice.

Meglio di Carver, comunque, forse.
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Apr 01, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
This is the writer for fans of film noir. So good.
Daniel
Feb 17, 2016 Daniel rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, crime
Raymond Chandler was right.

Two stars for each short novel
Four stars for Mildred Pierce
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James Mallahan Cain was an American journalist and novelist. Although Cain himself vehemently opposed labelling, he is usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction and seen as one of the creators of the 'roman noir'.

He was born into an Irish Catholic family in Annapolis, Maryland, the son of a prominent educator and an opera singer. He inherited his love for music from h
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