Search Results: "James M. Cain"


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CAIN by James Byron Huggins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1997

"Staggering, galactically gruesome comic-strip, a natural for bouncing Bruce."
Why would Bruce Willis snap this up for a million dollars? Read full book review >

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CAIN by José Saramago
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A pleasing, elegantly written allegory."
Why would a dedicated communist and atheist turn to the Bible as the theme for his final novel? Because the Bible is literature, and literature in a way that the best writers have long recognized—and the late Saramago (Small Memories, 2011, etc.) is one of the best. Read full book review >

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MOTH by James M. Cain
Released: July 12, 1948

"Sentimental- rather than elemental."
With by no means the furious flagellation of previous works, this is the story of a love rather than a passion, a fairly good guy rather than a heel, and pursues- for James Cain- an almost equable, equitable course in the story of Jack Dillon. Read full book review >

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PAST ALL DISHONOR by James M. Cain
Released: May 23, 1946

"Anyway, it does not rank with his best."
The Cain convention, a man and a woman- murderously and amorously amok-, in the story set (nominally only) in the Civil War, of Roger Duval, better born, and Morina, adventurers and whore. Read full book review >

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M by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"A compelling portrait of the painter as outsider and provocateur; a first-rate evocation of both a genius and the violent times in which he lived. (16 pages illus.)"
An exuberant attempt to penetrate the mysteries surrounding the astounding paintings and brief, turbulent life of the Italian artist who has come to be known as Caravaggio. Read full book review >

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MAGICIAN'S WIFE by James M. Cain
Released: Aug. 12, 1965

"An updated version of all his Venal, vicious vixens (Moth, Butterfly, etc., etc.) and the story reads with the usual pace and toxicity."
The same sort of trouble Cain has raised ever since the Postman with diminishing success, perhaps just because this kind of thrillkill fiction has become more commonplace. Read full book review >

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GALATEA by James M. Cain
Released: June 15, 1953

"A familiar terrain and an assured technique make this reliably combustible."
Two men and a woman, the dilation of desire and the expensive premium it entails, ring some old bells and work up a high thermal temperature. Read full book review >

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CLOUD NINE by James M. Cain
Released: Aug. 1, 1984

"Lots of material for a psychoanalytic approach to Cain, perhaps (Graham's mother hovers heavily)—but just a strange, unpleasant curiosity for fans of his earlier, far more coherent fiction."
An unwise posthumous publication—completed just before his death—in which Cain's lean, dialogue-charged style can't even begin to redeem a peculiar plot and nowhere characterizations. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY by James M. Cain
Released: Jan. 23, 1946

"Certainly not for conservatives."
Another for the now established Cain market, — the familiar, foreordained formula of a love which is largely lust, and the retribution it carries. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANTED ISLE by James M. Cain
Released: Nov. 5, 1985

"A sorry hash of mellerdrama clich‚s and murky socio-sexual pathology—without the solid dialogue and sporadic stylishness that made Cloud Nine at least half-readable."
Another posthumous-publication mistake: if Cloud Nine (1984) was an unpleasant, implausible curiosity, this second retrieval from Cain's apparent dotage (he died in 1977, at 85) is sheer embarrassment all around. Read full book review >

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MILDRED PIERCE by James M. Cain
Released: Sept. 22, 1941

"Sure sales and rentals."
The author of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Serenade turns from the shock technique of both of these to present an incisive, full length portrait of a woman in business, and her emotional dependency on her coldblooded, greedy, captious daughter — Veda. Read full book review >

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SERENADE by James M. Cain
Released: Dec. 1, 1937

"Realler people, warmer and tenderer emotions, a larger gallery of characters and fuller background leaves you less punch-drunk than The Postman but the same tight, hardhitting style will appeal to the former audience."
A dynamic, physical attraction, like that in The Postman Always Rings Twice, between a once famous singer, now a bum, and a young and very wise Mexican whore, grows into an enduring, if doomed, love. Read full book review >