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

Works: 341 works in 1,729 publications in 27 languages and 37,321 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Psychological fiction  Television adaptations  Domestic fiction  Detective and mystery stories  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of screenplay, Creator, Contributor, Originator, Other, Conceptor, Author of dialog
Classifications: PS3505.A3113, 813.52
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The postman always rings twice by James M Cain( Book )

236 editions published between 1934 and 2014 in 23 languages and held by 2,711 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 )

106 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 1,662 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. Out of these elements, Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable"--P. [4] of cover
Double indemnity by James M Cain( Book )

106 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in 15 languages and held by 1,438 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 1935, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir. From the Trade Paperback edition
The cocktail waitress by James M Cain( Book )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following her husband's death in an accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet. At the job she encounters two men interest in her, a handsome young schemer and a wealthy older man who rewards her with an offer of marriage
Cain x 3; three novels by James M Cain( Book )

8 editions published between 1964 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For contents, see Author Catalog
Cloud nine by James M Cain( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 901 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 in a convalescent home, then give the baby up for adoption, but Burl won't give her the money. Sonya's vengeful father, meanwhile, wants far more money from Burl, to pay for harming his daughter. Graham offers Sonya a better choice: He'll marry her so that she can get a legal abortion. This moment of twisted generosity will change his life forever'but he has no idea that, as he asks for Sonya's hand, he is signing away his soul
Serenade by James M Cain( Book )

96 editions published between 1937 and 2011 in 11 languages and held by 706 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 ; Double indemnity ; Mildred Pierce ; and selected stories by James M Cain( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 675 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
Double indemnity by Billy Wilder( Visual )

43 editions published between 1944 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An insurance man and a suburban wife conspire to trick her husband into signing a policy that pays double for accidental death-- then push him from a train. It's an almost perfect crime
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 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The baby in the icebox and other short fiction by James M Cain( Book )

15 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 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 )

19 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in English and held by 600 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 )

18 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 584 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 )

21 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in English and French and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hijacker and his hostage escape to a very strange, very dangerous farmSince 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 hundred thousand dollars in cash, and
Three of a kind by James M Cain( Book )

31 editions published between 1804 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The enchanted isle by James M Cain( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 483 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
The institute : a novel by James M Cain( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 469 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, a twenty-something beauty trapped in an unhappy marriage, whose good looks conceal the most cunning mind this side of the Potomac. She needs a ride to Washington, and Lloyd offers to give her a lift. They’ve barely left Delaware before he falls for her. By the time they hit the Beltway, his biography will be in her hands
The magician's wife by James M Cain( Book )

23 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 466 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
The moth by James M Cain( Book )

36 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sweeping tale of love, loss, and the pursuit of beauty during the Great DepressionFrom birth, Jack Dillon is a golden child. Blessed with blond locks, glittering eyes, and a perfect voice, he is the most popular child singer in Baltimore. But when puberty robs him of his voice and the stock market wipes out his family fortune, Jack is forced to rebuild. Over the next fifteen years, Jack will see it all. From Maryland to California and back again, he will become a football star, a soldier, and a tramp. Through it all, he never loses his eye for beauty, or his hunger for a woman he has known
Galatea by James M Cain( Book )

24 editions published between 1943 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 425 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 puts her on a diet, slimming her down the way he would an over-the-hill pro in search of a comeback. But as her waistline shrinks and her beauty emerges, Valenty gets jealous—putting them on course for a bloody confrontation where only the hungry will survive
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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

קיין, ג'ימס מאלהאן

קין, ג'מס מלהן

קן, ג'מס מלהן 1892-1977

ケイン, J. M

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Mildred PierceDouble indemnitySerenadeThe postman always rings twice ; Double indemnity ; Mildred Pierce ; and selected storiesDouble indemnityThe postman always rings twiceHard-boiled fiction and dark romanticism