> Love's Lovely Counterfeit struck me as neither hardboiled nor noir,
> but just plain shitty melodrama. If I didn't know for certain that
> Cain also wrote Double Indemnity, I would think it was a different
Is it the classic crime novels that Double Indemnity and Postman are?
No. But it's still a solid hardboiled crime novel that's on par with
his second-tier novels like The Butterfly, Serenade and Sinful Woman,
and it's at least as good as most Elmore Leonard novels that I've read
(and I like Leonard having read quite a few of his earlier crime novels). Btw. the Ron Miller review you pointed to was favorable towards the book, and in my opinion, a fair review--it's chief complaint, that it's not the crime incon that Double Indemnity and Postman are. Here's another review for it:
Btw. Bogart did a radio broadcast of Love's Lovely Counterfeit for
Suspense which was really quite good---I heard it years ago on an
old-time radio show.
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