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The Five Great Novels of James M. Cain

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The Postman Always Rings Twice
Serenade
Mildred Pearce
Double Indemnity
The Butterfly


James M. Cain is the third member of the trio who had such enormous influence, not only on the writing of detective fiction, on film and the way America was viewed. Like Chandler and Hammett, Cain wrote about crime, but unlike them he wrote from teh point of view of the criminal and with a sen
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Paperback, Picador, 633 pages
Published December 6th 1985 by Picador
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Ian Robinson
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although several of these books became classic film noirs, they are set more in the 1930s than the post-war 1940s and cold war of the 50s of classic noir. And the difference is telling. Instead of dark cities, these tales are set in the outskirts, in the small towns or the diners, the ports and hillsides. And the big enemy, the darkness that reaches out and consumes all isn't masculine fear, crime, the hopelessness of being alone in the big city, it is basically all down to one thing: the Great ...more
Elliot Huxtable
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
The Postman Always Rings Twice (4*)
Serenade (5*)
Double Indemnity (4*)
Mildred Pierce (5*)
The Butterfly (3*)

Postman is a fantastic thriller with a classic twist, tautly plotted and neatly characterised.

Serenade was a surprising discovery - if you can get past the casual racial stereotyping and homophobia of the time, that is. A beautiful love story.

Double Indemnity was great, but I preferred the film. I was a little disappointed if I'm honest.

Mildred Pierce was the best of the bunch. Simply the m
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Andrew F
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Contains five books:

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE - The best crime book I've ever read, hands down. 100 pages of compelling sleaze, sparsely and seductively written, and probably the best example of Cain's master trick as a storyteller - to invite you into the character's point of view, let the darker parts of your subconscious fill in the gaps of the character's innocuous and sanitised narration, and leave you as a collaborator in their crimes. You've been duped - but you duped yourself and no
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The Boy Bands Have Won
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
James M Cain e' purtroppo uno di quegli americani che riesce a farti dimenticare che gli americani ti stanno sul cazzo.

Se non ci fossero americani come lui, la mia vita sarebbe molto piu' semplice.

Meglio di Carver, comunque, forse.
Daniel
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, fiction
Raymond Chandler was right.

Two stars for each short novel
Four stars for Mildred Pierce
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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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