Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: James M. Cain

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 30 Sep 2007

--- Patrick King <> wrote:

 Still, no one has
> written better than Postman, Double Indemnity, and
> Serenade.

I've been trying to stay out of this but the mention of Postman is more of a lure than I can resist. When I wrote about Miami Purity and then when I started watching early noir films I reread Postman and I think Visconti did a way better version than Cain did. Cain's Postman bogs in all the legal sideroads and subplots with wild cats and whatnot. It's really a clunky book as far as I'm concerned. I've been meaning to read his other stuff but right now I'm slammed with material for the site. Is Serenade the novel about the opera singer? I remember having a lot of trouble with the plausibilty of the story. It's all a matter of what floats your boat, I guess. But Cain isn't on my list of stuff to read for fun.


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