"When blonde, 16-year-old, Sonya Lang confronts real-estate man Graham Kirby with the fact that she's pregnant by his sleazy half-brother Burwell, that's bad. WHen it turns out that her condition is the result of a particularly degrading rape, that's worse. As her father says, What wipes out that stain is blood." from the jacket
I think it's worth reading, especially if you enjoyed Postman or Mildred Pierce (two of my favorites of his). But for the uninitiated, the slow start may hinder your enjoyment ...more
Meet Graham Kirby, age 30, real estate entrepreneur and local booster. He has been successful so far in life, and clearly has a plan for continuing to be so. He has moved on from tough beginnings and is now the breadwinner in his extended family consisting of his mother and his childhood guardian. He lives and breathes real estate and we are treated to a description of every building and every room he visits over the course of the st ...more
I am hoping this book is not a good indicator of any of his previous novels. It is described as a tale of murderous violence precipitated by uncontrolled lust. Sounds compellig, no? No.
I read in the "Afterword" of the book that Cain at the age of 75 was struggling with his novels - late in his life and I think this book is proof of that. He died in 1977 a ...more
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