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The Postman Always Rings Twice (Paperback, 1st Vintage crime/Black Lizard ed): James M. Cain The Postman Always Rings Twice (Paperback, 1st Vintage crime/Black Lizard ed)
James M. Cain
R303 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R49 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An amoral young tramp.  A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband.  A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for The Stranger.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (Paperback, New ed): James M. Cain The Postman Always Rings Twice (Paperback, New ed)
James M. Cain 1
R231 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

First published in 1934, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE caused a scandal with its explosive mix of violence and sex, and immediately became a bestseller. The torrid story of Frank Chambers, the amoral drifter, Cora, the sullen and brooding wife, and Nick Papadakis, the amiable but inconvenient husband, has become a classic of its kind, and established Cain as a major novelist with a spare and vital prose style and a bleak vision of America. THE AUTHOR James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War 1, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920s. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977.

Double Indemnity (Paperback, 1st Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Ed): James M. Cain Double Indemnity (Paperback, 1st Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Ed)
James M. Cain
R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1935, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir.

Three by Cain: Serenade / Love's Lovely Counterfeit / the Butterfly (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed): James M. Cain Three by Cain: Serenade / Love's Lovely Counterfeit / the Butterfly (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed)
James M. Cain
R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

All three books are written with an enduring view of the dark corners of the American psyche. Cain hammered high art out of the crude matter of betrayal, bloodshed, and perversity.

The Cocktail Waitress (Paperback): James M. Cain The Cocktail Waitress (Paperback)
James M. Cain 1
R215 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R35 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Following her husband's death in an accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage...

The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Stories (Hardcover, New): James M. Cain The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Stories (Hardcover, New)
James M. Cain; Introduction by Robert Polito
R611 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R93 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

These three classics from the master of the noir novel, along with five otherwise unavailable short stories, are electric with the taut narrative voice, the suspense, and the explosive violence and eroticism that were James M. Cain’s indelible hallmarks.

The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cain’s first novel—tried for obscenity in Boston, the inspiration for Camus’s The Stranger—is the fever-pitched tale of a drifter who stumbles into a job, into an obsessional passion, and into a murder. Double Indemnity—which followed Postman so quickly, Cain’s readers hardly had a chance to catch their breath—is a tersely narrated story of a blind, excessive love, duplicity, and, of course, murder. Mildred Pierce, a work of acute psychological observation and devastating emotional violence, is the tale of a woman with a taste for shiftless men and an unreasoned devotion to her monstrous daughter. All three novels were immortalized in classic Hollywood films. Also included here are five masterful stories—“Pastorale,” “The Baby in the Icebox,” “Dead Man,” “Brush Fire,” “The Girl in the Storm”—that have been out of print for decades.

The Embezzler - Murder Mystery Monthly, No. 20 (Paperback): James M. Cain The Embezzler - Murder Mystery Monthly, No. 20 (Paperback)
James M. Cain; Illustrated by Jack Deckter
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Embezzler - Murder Mystery Monthly, No. 20 (Hardcover): James M. Cain The Embezzler - Murder Mystery Monthly, No. 20 (Hardcover)
James M. Cain; Illustrated by Jack Deckter
R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Americans vs. Germans - Individual Battle Experiences (Hardcover): Edward Scott Johnston, James M. Cain, Elliot D. Cooke Americans vs. Germans - Individual Battle Experiences (Hardcover)
Edward Scott Johnston, James M. Cain, Elliot D. Cooke
R895 Discovery Miles 8 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Additional Authors Include Gerald V. Stamm, Paul C. Greene, And Dan D. Howe.

Americans vs. Germans - Individual Battle Experiences (Paperback): Edward Scott Johnston, James M. Cain, Elliot D. Cooke Americans vs. Germans - Individual Battle Experiences (Paperback)
Edward Scott Johnston, James M. Cain, Elliot D. Cooke
R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Additional Authors Include Gerald V. Stamm, Paul C. Greene, And Dan D. Howe.

Steps in Life - Your Life (Paperback): James M. Cain Steps in Life - Your Life (Paperback)
James M. Cain
R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Complete Crime Stories (Paperback): James M. Cain The Complete Crime Stories (Paperback)
James M. Cain
R580 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R93 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Seventeen hardboiled crime stories from the "poet of the tabloid murder" and author of Double Indemnity (Edmund Wilson). They call him Lucky-but he has never had a lucky day in his life. A nineteen-year-old hobo just starting to ride the rails, he is hiding in the coal car when the railroad detective comes through. They get into a scuffle, and Lucky's hand finds a railroad spike. Before he knows it, he has smashed the investigator's head and shoved him out of the car. If he hurries, if he's lucky, he will get back to Los Angeles in time to establish an alibi, burn his clothes, and avoid the electric chair. But as Lucky will discover, the deadliest threat is lurking within his own mind. "Dead Man" is just one of the outstanding stories included in this volume. The author of some of the most hard-boiled prose ever written, James M. Cain understood fear in all its forms-and knew better than anyone the terror of a killer on the run.

Mildred Pierce (Paperback): James M. Cain Mildred Pierce (Paperback)
James M. Cain
R334 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R49 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter.

Out of these elements, Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.

Serenade (Paperback): James M. Cain Serenade (Paperback)
James M. Cain 1
R236 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R39 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'Cain has established a formidable reputation of furious pace, harsh and masterful realism, tough, raw speech right out of the mouths of the people' SATURDAY REVIEW Serenade is the story of the eternal triangle - with a difference. John Howard Sharp is an American opera singer down on his luck, having just bombed in Rigoletto in Mexico City when he first encounters the beautiful Mexican-Indian prostitute called Juana. Miraculously, she offers him the chance to rebuild his career in Hollywood and New York but then Winston Hawes, the young, rich and well-connected conductor who had first launched Sharp, comes back into his life with terrible consequences.

Packed and Loaded - Conversations with James M. Cain (Paperback, New): James M. Cain, John McAleer Packed and Loaded - Conversations with James M. Cain (Paperback, New)
James M. Cain, John McAleer
R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In these never-before-published interviews, the author of Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Mildred Pierce discusses his first notions to be a writer, his newspaper days, his Hollywood years, and Marilyn Monroe with brutal honesty and in a tone and vernacular that only a master like Cain could command. Also in this critical, tell-it-like-it-is study, Cain reveals his thoughts on Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Arthur Miller, Hammett, Chandler, and, in his eighty-fifth year, what he planned for his future. Packed and Loaded is James M. Cain "unplugged," at his finest. The manuscript is seasoned with original epigraphs about this major American writer from masters like Elmore Leonard, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, Peter Lovesey, Phil Lovesey, Edward D. Hoch, Katherine Hall Page, Robin Moore, William G. Tapply, and the grand master of mystery himself, Rex Stout.

John McAleer graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in English Literature and was the author of over a dozen books, including an Edgar Award-winning biography of Rex Stout. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Emerson. He wrote critically-acclaimed studies of Thoreau and Dreiser, as well as a definitive novel on the Korean War, Unit Pride.

Serenade (Paperback, New edition): James M. Cain Serenade (Paperback, New edition)
James M. Cain
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Out of stock

Serenade is the story of the eternal triangle - with a difference. John Howard Sharp is an American opera singer down on his luck, having just bombed in Rigoletto in Mexico City when he first encounters the beautiful Mexican-Indian prostitute called Juana. Miraculously, she offers him the chance to rebuild his career in Hollywood and New York but then Winston Hawes, the young, rich and well-connected conductor who had first launched Sharp, comes back into his life with terrible consequences.

Double Indemnity (Paperback, New edition): James M. Cain Double Indemnity (Paperback, New edition)
James M. Cain
R105 R84 Discovery Miles 840 Save R21 (20%) Out of stock

Walter Huff is an insurance investigator like any other until the day he meets the beautiful and dangerous Phyllis Nirdlinger and falls under her spell. Together they plot to kill her husband and split the insurance. It'll be the perfect murder ...

Mildred Pierce (Paperback): James M. Cain Mildred Pierce (Paperback)
James M. Cain
R140 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R28 (20%) Out of stock

MILDRED PIERCE is the story of a determined and ambitious woman who, after her feckless husband abandons her, builds a successful business through hard work and sacrifice in order to ensure the future of her pampered and selfish daughter. But she isn't prepared for the intrigues and devastating betrayals of those closest to her.

The Cocktail Waitress (Standard format, CD): James M. Cain The Cocktail Waitress (Standard format, CD)
James M. Cain; Performed by Amy Rubinate
R690 R536 Discovery Miles 5 360 Save R154 (22%) Out of stock

Grieving widow or black widow?

The day Joan Medford buried her husband was a fateful one--because before the day was out she'd meet the two men who would change her life forever. Forced to take a job waitressing to support herself and her child, Joan finds herself caught between the handsome young schemer whose touch she comes to crave and the wealthy older man whose touch repels her...but who otherwise would make a tempting husband number two. It's a classic Cain triangle --brutal and sexual and stark--that can only end in death. But for whom, the guilty...or the innocent?

The final novel written by James M. Cain and never before published, The Cocktail Waitress is a testament to the enduring power of one of the most acclaimed novelists of the twentieth century. The author of unforgettable noir classics such as Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cain's work remains as impossible to put down today as when first written, and will leave even jaded modern readers breathless.

The Cocktail Waitress (Hardcover): James M. Cain The Cocktail Waitress (Hardcover)
James M. Cain 1
R453 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R74 (16%) Out of stock

Following her husband's death in an accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage...

Mildred Pierce (Paperback): James M. Cain Mildred Pierce (Paperback)
James M. Cain
R110 R88 Discovery Miles 880 Save R22 (20%) Out of stock

'Cain was not just a great hard-boiled novelist but a great novelist, period ... To read MILDRED PIERCE now is to experience a double vision, in which we confront both how much and how little things have changed' LA TIMES 'Vivid, gritty, real...this is crime writing at its very best' MY WEEKLY Mildred Pierce is the story of a determined and ambitious woman who, after her feckless husband abandons her, by hard work and sacrifice builds a successful business to ensure the future of her pampered and selfish daughter. But she isn't prepared for the intrigues and devastating betrayals of those closest to her. This is James M. Cain's most substantial novel and a classic of the Depression years.

Double Indemnity (Paperback, New ed): James M. Cain Double Indemnity (Paperback, New ed)
James M. Cain 2
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Out of stock

DOUBLE INDEMNITY is the classic tale of an evil woman motivated by greed who corrupts a weak man motivated by lust. Walter Huff is an insurance investigator like any other until the day he meets the beautiful and dangerous Phyllis Nirdlinger and falls under her spell. Together they plot to kill her husband and split the insurance. It'll be the perfect murder ... THE AUTHOR James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War 1, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920's. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977

Mildred Pierce (Standard format, CD): James M. Cain Mildred Pierce (Standard format, CD)
James M. Cain; Read by Christine Williams
R502 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R26 (5%) Out of stock

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.

Mildred Pierce (Standard format, CD): James M. Cain Mildred Pierce (Standard format, CD)
James M. Cain; Read by Christine Williams
R1,383 R1,242 Discovery Miles 12 420 Save R141 (10%) Out of stock

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America and to claw her way out of poverty.

Mildred Pierce (MP3 format, CD, Library): James M. Cain Mildred Pierce (MP3 format, CD, Library)
James M. Cain; Read by Christine Williams
R571 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R38 (7%) Out of stock

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America and to claw her way out of poverty.

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