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 and regarded as one of the most important crime novels of the 20th century. 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 L’Etranger.
James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War I, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920s. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977.
"Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway, and not even Raymond Chandler." (Tom Wolfe)
"A good, swift, violent story." (Dashiell Hammett)
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Of shorter books I've listen to this is the best.
I don't want to give anything away! Everything about this book is memorable, it's a really enjoyable listen.
Excellent voice, loved him! Want to hear more of him.
Again don't want to give anything away! The end was very moving.
Excellent book! Would listen again.
- Rebecca Fair
A brilliantly clever short piece.
Absolutely. Not only is it well constructed, it is also well read. I very much enjoyed listening to it - it is certainly one of those books you can listen to time and time again.