Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Cocktail Waitress
James M Cain


Following her husband’s death in an accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage…

Cain’s last novel, written when he was 83 (in 1975), but not published until after his death.

Paperback, 288pp
Titan Books, 2013 (2012)
ISBN 9781781160343