The Cocktail Waitress

James M Cain

James M Cain achieved worldwide overnight fame when he published his first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, in 1934. The classics Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce followed, reinforcing Cain’s reputation as the great chronicler of crimes of passion, typically set against a working-class backdrop during the Great Depression. His books have inspired many classic movies.

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Synopsis

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

Includes a 4,000 word feature on the locating of this “lost” Cain novel, by Hard Case Crime editor, Charles Ardai.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781781160329
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 156mm
  • Hardback: 272pp
  • Publication date: 21 September 2012
  • All authors:
    James M Cain

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