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Cloud Nine

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  6 reviews
One man sells his soul to save an innocent--who turns out not to be so innocent after all
Graham meets Sonya outside of his real estate office. She is sixteen, beautiful, and showing just the right amount of leg. He's ruminating on those legs when she drops the bombshell--she's there because Graham's brother, Burl, raped her, leaving her frightened, pregnant, and very much
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Hardcover, 178 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Mysterious Press (first published 1984)
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Anthony
This one starts off rough, and it's clear that Cain was well established by the time he wrote this. It has some obvious editing snafus and typos, especially by the final three chapters, so it seems like it was whisked through the editing and revision phases to print, nonetheless, the plot really delivers some classic Cain.

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
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Kelly
Despite its garish, 80s cover, this book was pretty good. I don't think it rates as highly as Cain's other novels, but it was still worth the read.
Don Edgar
More great (and politically incorrect) James M. Cain:

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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
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Julia
I was looking for some of Cain's more famous novels, like "The Postman Always Rings Twice", but couldn't find any, so I settled for this title.

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
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Robert Womack
Cain was well past his prime on this novel. It's classic Cain storytelling set 30 years later than it should be, which yields unintended hilarity. However, his pacing and plotting is still spot on and this book comes off as great camp and is still a very enjoyable read.
Mandyw
Despite the incredibly dated attitudes towards women, this was a really gripping read - and I didn't pick the ending.
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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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