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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James M. Cain Narrator: Amy Rubinat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Grieving widow or black widow?

The day Joan Medford buried her husband was a fateful one—because before the day was out she’d meet the two men who would change her life forever. Forced to take a job waitressing to support herself and her child, Joan finds herself caught between the handsome young schemer whose touch she comes to crave and the wealthy older man whose touch repels her … but who otherwise would make a tempting husband number two. It’s a classic Cain triangle—brutal and sexual and stark—that can only end in death. But for whom, the guilty or the innocent?

The final novel written by James M. Cain and never before published, The Cocktail Waitress is a testament to the enduring power of one of the most acclaimed novelists of the twentieth century. The author of unforgettable noir classics such as Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cain’s work remains as impossible to put down today as when first written and will leave even jaded modern readers breathless.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “After burying her abusive husband on page one of the book, Joan takes a job waitressing to make ends meet and winds up meeting two new men: a wealthy but repulsive older man and a handsome young schemer who makes her blood boil. Can you have any doubt that things will end badly for one or both of them? No, that’s not a spoiler—it’s a simple statement of fact when you’re talking about a Cain femme fatale, the deadliest species there is.”

    Huffington Post

  • “It’s easy to fall for a previously unpublished work by Cain…Fortunately, The Cocktail Waitress—which the author sought to complete before perishing in 1977—serves up ample delights.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[It] pulses with more authentic primal energy than the work of any number of Cain imitators from the 1930s to the present.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bayneeta | 2/16/2014

    " The audio was nicely "performed" by Amy Rubinate; not sure I would have finished it if I'd been reading rather than listening. Has a certain curiosity value since it's Cain's last book, but it's no Mildred Pierce or Double Indemnity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew Salmon | 1/23/2014

    " Not Cain's best but still a compelling read from one of the all-time masters. The middle goes off on an uninteresting tangent via a London honeymoon, but the book soon gets back on track and ends with a bang. This is no masterpiece but hardboiled fans and Cain fans will enjoy the book. Check it out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kunni Biener | 1/22/2014

    " this is a very, very dated book with a lousy ending. I know that others of his books are suspenseful, but this wasn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lesa | 1/20/2014

    " Not his best but sorta fun. "

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