Cocktail Waitress – “Bad Title, Good Book”

December 4, 2012

Cocktail Waitress

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by James M. Cain

Hard Case Crime Novel

270 pages, 13.44 hardback

It’s easy to skip over this last, and previously unpublished, novel by James M. Cain (best known for Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Mildred Pierce). The title is not a grabber that jars you in an anti-climax like Postman but rather is a turn-off label from a different time. Too bad because Cain is a master storyteller with ingredients which become major, wondrous credibility, and interesting, ambiguous characters that keep you turning pages well after you intend to turn out the light at night.

I’m not sure that I agree with Stephen King that the ending will “shock you” and be one “you’ll never forget,” but it is more satisfying than if the narrator went back to her job as a cocktail waitress. Remember them? Even if you don’t, this may be the pulp you are looking for.

5 out of 5_edited-1

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