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The Cocktail Waitress (Low Price CD)
     

The Cocktail Waitress (Low Price CD)

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by James M. Cain
 

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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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780062286253
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

One of the most celebrated and notorious crime writers of all time, JAMES M. CAIN launched his career with the publication of two back-to-back masterpieces—The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity—selling millions of copies worldwide and inspiring classic movies. Cain continued with an unmatched run of noir novels including Mildred Pierce which inspired both the Academy Award-winning film starring Joan Crawford and the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet. Cain died in 1977.

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The Cocktail Waitress 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This was the last book written, at age 83, by James M. Cain, who died in 1977, the man who penned such classic, unforgettable novels as Mildred Pierce and The Postman Always Rings Twice, and one never before published. And kudos to Hard Case Crime for doing so now, nearly four decades later, for it is a fitting conclusion to the man’s oeuvre. Along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, he helped create the noir genre, with this a typical example. The first-person narrator, Joan Medford, twenty-one years old, is burying her husband on page one of the book. The abusive drunk had crashed into a culvert headwall one night at 70 miles an hour, leaving her with a small boy to raise, alone and penniless. [In those days, there were few resources for a teenage girl who found herself pregnant, and many ‘shotgun weddings’ were the result, of which this had been one.] His family had never liked her, and her husband’s sister, herself unable to have children, covets Tad, Joan’s adorable three-year-old boy, and readily agrees to care for him while Joan attempts to get a job to keep a roof over their heads, and immediately gets one working as a cocktail waitress in a nearby restaurant/tavern/”ginmill” in Hyattsville, Maryland [a better scenario than mowing lawns, her next choice.] One is quickly orientated to the time frame when a tonic on the rocks ordered by her first customer costs 85 cents. And initially the writing seems dated as well, but once the reader gets into rhythm of the book, its pleasure derives from much more than nostalgia. That new customer, Earl K. White III, is just one of two men Joan meets her first day on the job. He is an older man, a wealthy widower, kind and generous though nearly repulsive to her. The second is a hunky young man who has dreams but no resources. They are both immediately enamored of her, and the descriptions of her seductive appearance in her “uniform” which arouses such reactions are made dramatically, and graphically, clear in the wonderful, and wonderfully evocative, cover art. She is confronted by a choice between love/lust or a chance at a comfortable, respectable life for her and her adored son. There is a hint of sinister events to come, with a cop who is not satisfied with a verdict of accidental death and harbors suspicions of murderous intent. The novel has an ending straight out of the arsenal of this author of Double Indemnity, which the reader won’t see coming. The book is hard to put down, and is recommended.
JohnGP More than 1 year ago
I read and loved this book, as I loved all by this author. I'm trying to pin down the time setting. I read somewhere that it was the early 60's. It can't be before 1964, as the main character, Joan, mentions Kennedy Airport. That airport was called Idlewilde previously, and was renamed Kennedy Aiirport after President Kennedy's assassination at the end of 1963. Television is mentioned, also. So it can't be the earlier time period of most of Cain's other novels. Would like to knnow for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. This is one of the noir novels - more suspense than mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will not disappoint a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking at the cover I noticed that the woman looked alot like Rita Hayworth which swayed me toward the era which the book's time frame was which helped set the mood for the story.I love watching old movies and l loved reading this book.Reading different phrases that were used back then was enjoyable for me.It's rare for me to have a"JAW DROPPING MOMENT"I did not see that one coming at all.You will know exactally what l'm talking about when it happens.One more thing l really admired about Joan is that she didn't take any crap off these(WISE GUYS) (:
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NewtLove More than 1 year ago
James M. Cain, who wrote The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, was a master craftsman, and a whiz at plotting. I'm only part way through The Cocktail Waitress, but am enthralled with Joan, the main character, and the 1930s world she inhabits in a Maryland subburb of Washington DC. The prose is as comfortable as a favorite house slipper, but the "reveals" in the plot are dazzling. This brand new book from a long-dead writer is a winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm about halfway through and I find this book light, quick reading. This author wrote Double Indemnity, Postman RingsTwice , and this novel follows that vein. It may change by the end but so far I like it.