Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

James M Cain


Serenade is the story of the eternal triangle, but with a difference. John Howard Sharp is an American opera singer down on his luck, having just bombed in Rigoletto in Mexico City when he first encounters the beautiful Mexican-Indian prostitute called Juana. Miraculously, she offers him the chance to rebuild his career in Hollywood and New York, but then Winston Hawes, the young, rich and well-connected conductor who had first launched Sharp, comes back into his life with terrible consequences.

This was Cain’s second novel.

Paperback, 224pp
Orion Publishing, 2011 (1937)
ISBN 9781780220208