The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

by James M. Cain
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The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679723257
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1989
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 117,839
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

James Mallahan Cain (1892-1977) was a first-rate writer of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Born in Baltimore, the son of the president of Washington College, Cain began his career as a reporter, serving in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and writing for The Cross of Lorraine, the newspaper of the 79th Division. He returned from the war to embark on a literay career that included a professorship at St. John’s College in Annapolis and a stint at The New Yorker as managing editor before he went to Hollywood as a script writer. Cain’s famous first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, was published in 1934 when he was forty-two, and became an instant sensation. It was tried for obscenity in Boston and was said by Albert Camus to have inspired his own book, The Stranger. The infamous novel was staged in 1936, and filmed in 1946 and 1981. The story of a young hobo who has an affair with a married woman and plots with her to murder her husband and collect his insurance, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a benchmark of classic crime fiction and film noir. Two of Cain’s other novels, Mildred Pierce (1941) and Double Indemnity (1943), were also made into film noir classics. In 1974, James M. Cain was awarded the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Cain published eighteen books in all and was working on his autobiography at the time of his death.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel has love, lust, greed, triangulated relationships and the moral consequences of these sins. It still fun to read/watch others fall from grace and have little, if no, regrets. I've seen both movies, the older version with John Garfield and Lana Turner my favorite, but the book was still a great read. I enjoyed seeing how the author pictured his story. A great film noir classic in book & film!
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
Along with Raymond chandler and Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain is often considered the pioneers of hard-boiled crime fiction, and while I do prefer Chandler and Hammett, my first novel by Cain was a thrilling ride. Unlike his peers, Cain focuses less on P.I's and more on the criminals and Frank, the narrator, is one bad dude. Postman is filled with greed, lust, sex, and violence that all formed a great novel. Needless to say, I will continue to be entertained by the works of James M. Cain.
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I think this is a delightful novel that helps us realize at least one thing, (learning about something through investigation). Aren’t all of us in pursuit of love and happiness? Of course, most of us don’t plot a way out of marriage to walk into another’s arms ... and in most all relationships -three is a crowd. The grass usually looks greener until we get close up and realize the mistake we made, which can sometimes turn into a dangerous situation.Will the jaded, flawed characters in this novel find what they are looking for? Or will they find more than they bargained for?I hope you read this passionate novel.Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) 
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Seghetto More than 1 year ago
This book is a quick read. The plot moved swiftly and there are enough twists and turns to keep anyone interested. The two main characters actually seem believable. Believable enough that some parts of the book actually made me uncomfortable. The ending was a surprise to top it all off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting plot with interesting twists and turns. If its your first mystery book, be sure to give it a try.
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Sundropgirl More than 1 year ago
I had read Mildred Pierce by this author first. I thought it was a very good book so I decided to see what else head written. I came across this book and ready the synopsis on this. when I read that this was controversial....I thought hmm.. let me see why this is so controversial. I read the book on my NOOK in two days ( since I work outside the home and inside the home.) It has a good story line and the ending kind of left you wondering what was going to happen to the main character. Mr. Cain is a very good writer and wold recommend this book to anybody who likes twists and turns in their story. A real page turner!~ Sundropgirl
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AgathaChristiefanSC More than 1 year ago
I now know why this novel is considered among the greatest novels of the 20th century. A must read for the mystery fan.
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