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Cain, James M. (James Mallahan) 1892-1977

Works: 410 works in 1,646 publications in 13 languages and 36,876 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Psychological fiction  Television adaptations  Domestic fiction  Detective and mystery stories  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Bibliographic antecedent, Author of screenplay, Creator, Contributor, Conceptor, Originator, Other, Author of dialog
Classifications: PS3505.A3113, 813.52
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The postman always rings twice by James M Cain ( Book )
125 editions published between 1934 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The sultry young wife of a diner owner conspires with an aimless drifter to murder her husband
Mildred Pierce by James M Cain ( Book )
97 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 1,627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class, but Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter
Double indemnity by James M Cain ( Book )
58 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1936, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir
The cocktail waitress by James M Cain ( Book )
14 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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. The final novel written by James M. Cain and never before published
Cain x 3; three novels by James M Cain ( Book )
8 editions published between 1964 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Cloud nine by James M Cain ( Book )
18 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One man sells his soul to save an innocent -- who turns out not to be so innocent after all. Graham meets Sonya outside of his real estate office. She is sixteen, beautiful, and showing just the right amount of leg. He's ruminating on those legs when she drops the bombshell -- she's there because Graham's brother, Burl, raped her, leaving her frightened, pregnant, and very much alone. She was spending the night with a friend when two boys and a case of beer turned a quiet evening into a hellish orgy. All she wants is the 1,111 it will cost to spend the next few months
The postman always rings twice ; Double indemnity ; Mildred Pierce ; and selected stories by James M Cain ( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains three novels and five short stories by American author James M. Cain, including "The Postman Always Rings Twice" about a drifter who embarks on a course of destruction when he falls for the wife of Nick, the genial owner of a roadside cafe
Serenade by James M Cain ( Book )
71 editions published between 1937 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hårdkogt amerikansk roman fra 30'erne om en sanger, der indvikles i intriger, hver gang han mister stemmen
The postman always rings twice by James M Cain ( Recording )
15 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A drifter and the bored young wife of a middle-aged cafe owner become lovers and murder her husband. They escape justice, but eventually are caught in their own web
Double indemnity by Billy Wilder ( Visual )
42 editions published between 1944 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a widow tries to collect on the double indemnity clause in her husband's insurance policy, an investigator becomes suspicious of what seems to be the perfect crime, and begins to doubt that her husband's death was an accident
The baby in the icebox and other short fiction by James M Cain ( Book )
14 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of stories, both early and late, that show how James M. Cain made his name There is a hungry tiger loose in the house, and that is not good news for anyone. A jealous husband let the animal out of his cage hoping he would eat his wife alive, but tigers aren't used to taking orders. This jungle cat will get his meal, and he doesn't care where it comes from. "The Baby in the Icebox" begins with a murdered wildcat and ends with a dead human'and what comes in between is some of the most striking prose James M. Cain ever put to paper. It is one of the first stories this master of crime fiction ever wrote, and it shows all the hallmarks of the novels that would later make him famous'namely Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The tales in this collection are short, but Cain never needed more than a few pages to thrill
Past all dishonor by James M Cain ( Book )
18 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Confederate spy risks his life to win the heart of a fallen woman. Early in the Civil War, the Confederacy sends Roger Duval to Sacramento, to keep an eye on the situation in California in hopes of turning the Western territory towards the Southern cause. It's a plush assignment, well out of the line of fire, but Duval hasn't been there long before he comes into mortal danger. On a swim in the Sacramento River, he gets knocked on the head by a paddleboat, and is drowning in the muck when Morina, a quick-witted woman of the night, tosses him a rope. Suffocated by inst
Mignon by James M Cain ( Book )
17 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the New Orleans of 1864, a Union Army veteran is drawn into the contraband cotton trade by an irresistible young widow
Rainbow's end by James M Cain ( Book )
15 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A hijacker and his hostage escape to a very strange, very dangerous farm. Since his father died, every Saturday night has been the same for Dave and his mother. She starts by talking -- aimless, weird fantasies about get-rich-quick schemes that never come to anything -- but finally she goes silent, and that's when Dave becomes afraid. Mom has a way of getting very close that is repellent and appealing all at once, and he's terrified of where it might lead. One Saturday, a noise outside breaks the silence. A hijacker has escaped his stolen plane with a parachute, a hund
The enchanted isle by James M Cain ( Book )
5 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young girl runs away to locate her real father and is involved in a deadly bank robbery and this is only the first startling turn in her roller-coaster ride of terror
Three of a kind by James M Cain ( Book )
20 editions published between 1804 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The institute : a novel by James M Cain ( Book )
11 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An academic looking for money finds a woman and trouble instead. Professor Lloyd Palmer loves a good biography. His fantasy is to start an institute to teach young scholars the biographical arts, and it will take old money to make his dreams come true. Around Washington, the oldest money is found not in the District, but in Delaware, a land of wealth so astonishing that even the Du Ponts are considered nouveau riche. But when the professor goes to Wilmington, he comes away not with old money, but young trouble. Her name is Hortense Garrett. She is his benefactor's wife
The magician's wife by James M Cain ( Book )
14 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For the love of a beautiful waitress, a meat salesman will turn butcher. Clay Lockwood enters the Portico with corned beef on his mind. He's a top distributing executive with Grant's Meats, and the contract with the Portico restaurant chain is only the latest in a long line of boardroom coups. He comes for lunch, and eats his fill of his company's beef, but leaves with an entirely different hunger gnawing at his gut -- a volcanic passion that will tear him apart. The hostess's name is Sally Alexis, a magician's wife whose rough-hewn charm mesmerizes this magnate of mea
Galatea by James M Cain ( Book )
22 editions published between 1943 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Out of jail and back at work, a boxing trainer finds a woman worth fighting for. It took some doing, but Duke Webster is out of prison. Val Valenty arranged the parole, and now the onetime boxing coach is his puppet, breaking his back on Valenty's farm in exchange for a pittance. But Valenty is about to find out that boxing men never take orders without a scrap. The trouble starts when Webster meets Valenty's wife. A barrel-shaped woman whose extreme weight makes her old before her time, Holly stays fat on Valenty's cooking -- meat, potatoes, and endless gravy. Webster
Career in C major and other fiction by James M Cain ( Book )
5 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From a famous tough-guy writer, a collection of shockingly funny stories Ever since she got married, Doris has regretted giving up her singing career. After years of domestic drudgery, she decides to take one last crack at becoming an opera singer, even if it means sacrificing everything for the sake of her dream. Her contractor husband is fully supportive, having no idea that the family’s true musical genius isn’t Doris—it’s him. In this and other stories in Career in C Major, James M. Cain shows off a light comedic touch that will surprise readers who are familiar only with his crime novels The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. But Cain had been publishing funny stories, articles, and satire since his early days as a reporter for H. L. Mencken’s Baltimore Sun, and was just as comfortable writing about singers as he was about killers. This collection of Cain’s lighter work shows that if an author is tough it doesn’t mean he can’t crack a smile
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Alternative Names
Cain , James
Cain James 1892-1977
Cain, James M.
Cain, James M. 1892-197
Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-197
Cain, James Mallaham 1892-1977
Cain , James Mallahan
Cain, James Mallahan 1892-1977
Kʿein, Cheimsŭ M. 1892-1977
Mallahan Cain, James 1892-1977
קין, ג'מס מלהן
קן, ג'מס מלהן 1892-1977
ケイン, J. M
ケイン, ジェイムズ・M
ケイン, ジェームス
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