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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5633 comments Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
Double Indemnity - James M Cain
Digital audiobook performed by James Naughton

Walter Huff is an insurance agent who heads out to a Spanish mansion in the hills above Los Angeles to renew – and hopefully upgrade – an automobile policy for Mr Nirdlinger. The client is not at home, and Mrs Nirdlinger asks Huff to return the next night, but before he leaves she also asks about accident insurance. Huff knows the woman is trouble – with a capital T – but he lets himself get reeled in and before you know it …

Cain is a master of the roman noir. His writing is every bit as seductive as the temptress at the heart of his story. You just know this is going to end badly but you cannot tear yourself away, you just HAVE to continue. His short declarative sentences and first-person narrative give an immediacy to his writing, and make the novel difficult to put down. And just when you think you’ve already gone over the cliff …. You find that Cain has one or two more surprises in store for you. The ending of this one is nothing short of chilling.

James Naughton does a superb job voicing the audiobook. His clipped delivery is perfect for Cain’s writing style.

LINK to my review

Tracy (tstan) | 1182 comments I’ve read three of Cain’s books, and liked all of them. This one was so good, as was The Postman Always Rings Twice. But my favorite so far is Mildred Pierce. It’s not a detective story, but it still has that train wreck about to happen feel.

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