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Four Complete Novels

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  22 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 651 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Random House Value Publishing (first published January 1st 1982)
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Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Three stars, as an average for the four novels.
The Postman Always Rings Twice: 3 stars
Mildred Pierce: 4 stars
Double Indemnity: 3 stars
Serenade: 2 and 1/2 stars
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Of the four novels in this hardback edition (of which I've read two and found them wonderful), I most recently read The Serenade. I was made curious to read it a couple of months ago from a stray reference I came across in Thomas Mann's diary from the year 1939, when he was in exile and in residence at Princeton. He received Cain's book in the mail, looked through it after lunch, and then noted: "Serenade is attractive." I think what he meant was: "Serenade is absolutely fantastic, and I'm going ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Would be five stars if not for the last book, Serenade, which isn't that good. But Postman, Mildred Pierce and Double Indemnity are all excellent. Great, descriptive, simple, yet vivid writing. Loved it.
N. Jr.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
James M. Cain is probably the least remembered of the roman noir authors, yet at least four of his movies have been made into films, two of them (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce) also made into remakes.

Most of Cain's stories take on a rather bold and pioneering approach - a first person narrative of someone whose greed and desires lead them to forbidden love/lust and a bad end. Despite the barriers to sympathizing with the protagonist, the author carries this off quite successfull
Margaret M.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I only had to read MILDRED PIERCE as part of the Literary Darkness (Goodreads) group reading pick from this compilation of the author's most famous works (I believe all have been made into movies).
I enjoyed reading the novel after seeing the mini-series on TV, which was very well done. Eventually I expect to read more of Cain's work.
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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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