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Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
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May 10, 2011

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bookshelves: american-lit, novels
Read in May, 2011

Thanks to a signal problem on the train and a slow, overcrowded bus (and an older lady with a walker who needed the stairs lowered) I finished this book pretty fast! I feel like I know a lot about insurance after this and Postman. There's even a nice callback where in Postman the main character tries to kill someone in the bathroom because he read that's where most household accidents happen, and in DI the insurance man says that's the worst place to kill someone because after that article everyone tried to do that. Ha!

The central sexual obsession that drives the main character is surprisingly cold--though still better than the "good" relationship he dreams of later. The true hero of the book is still the overweight, detail-obsessed workaholic and that's pretty satisfying. Also, I just have to add that I will always love the names of the women in this book: Phyllis and Lola Nerdlinger. So 50s!

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