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Four Complete Novels

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Hardcover, 651 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Random House Value Publishing (first published January 1st 1982)
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Three stars, as an average for the four novels.
The Postman Always Rings Twice: 3 stars
Mildred Pierce: 4 stars
Double Indemnity: 3 stars
Serenade: 2 and 1/2 stars
Of the four novels in this hardback edition (of which I've read two and found them wonderful), I most recently read The Serenade. I was made curious to read it a couple of months ago from a stray reference I came across in Thomas Mann's diary from the year 1939, when he was in exile and in residence at Princeton. He received Cain's book in the mail, looked through it after lunch, and then noted: "Serenade is attractive." I think what he meant was: "Serenade is absolutely fantastic, and I'm going ...more
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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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