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The Embezzler

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James M. Cain. The Embezzler. New York: Avon, [1944]. First separate edition. Octavo. 119 pages. Publisher's wraps.
Paperback, 119 pages
Published 1944 by New York: Avon (first published 1938)
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Sep 06, 2010 Andy rated it it was ok
Shelves: pulp-fiction
Completely implausible trash about a scheming hussy who convinces a bank manager to let her sit in for her teller husband while he's out on sick leave. Yeah, right. The dialogue is clumsy and corny, which is why it's not one of Cain's better known works, plus it has a smarmy happy ending, a major no-no in noir.
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Jul 06, 2011 Pete Heinzelmann rated it it was ok
For fans of Hard-boiled fiction only. Not Cain's best but an enjoyably pulpy read for fans of the genre.
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Feb 18, 2016 Douglas Castagna rated it liked it
Some of the trademarks of Cain; scheming woman, eager men, action, violence, and a fairly thought out plot that ties all of the pieces together. Not one of his best, but worth a read especially for fans.
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May 03, 2015 Patrick Perish rated it really liked it
Kept up the suspense in what might seem like a less-than-exciting setting of a small bank in Depression Era California. Characterizations pretty flat, but hey this is pulp!
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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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