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The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain
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Jul 26, 2012

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bookshelves: fiction, pulps, i-own-a-copy, library-has-it-on-audiobook

Joan Medford is a widow; her husband died on a drunken binge and crashed a borrowed car. Mrs. Medford is being watched by the suspicious eye of the law, but a friendly officer takes one look at her womanly body and recommends she wait tables at a restaurant and bar called The Garden. She gets the job and makes good immediately, which is good since she has a young son to care for.

But men always get in the way. A young, handsome man name Tom with grabby hands sets his sights on Joan, and in spite of a bad first impression, she is undeniably drawn to him. And then there is a Earl White III, a harmless old man with bundles of money and a strong attraction to the young cocktail waitress.

This book is very easy to read with short chapters and straightforward storytelling. There are a lot of standards of pulp writing here, from a femme fatal to a suspicion of murder and some steamy scenes. There aren't too many surprises, but it is a fun read.
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July 26, 2012 – Started Reading
July 26, 2012 – Shelved
August 5, 2012 –
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August 5, 2012 –
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August 8, 2012 – Finished Reading

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