Sinful Woman
James M. Cain
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Sinful Woman

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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 husband has become a rotten...more
Paperback, Large Print, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1947)
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Don Edgar
James M. Cain at his worst ... but sometimes at his best as well.


This is a chaotic novella with a jumble of characters, mostly stereotypes, but stereotypes who would have been afoot in the land in the 1940's. None is drawn deeply, but each one is drawn sharply and the array of agendas makes for some interesting situations.

As is usual with Cain's stories, a lot turns on business dealings, contracts, fine print, twists in the law, and concern for personal reputations.

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a truly unremarkable book from a writer i really really like. it reads like a bad screenplay, and perhaps that's what it is. there are no surprises and a lot of stock characters. i would not recommend reading for the cain enthusiast -- it'll just make you sad.
M. Newman
This book was ok but it came nowhere near meeting the high standard that Cain set with The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce and Serenade.
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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...more
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