Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Postman Always Rings Twice
James M Cain


The torrid story of Frank Chambers, the amoral drifter, Cora, the sullen and brooding wife, and Nick Papadakis, the amiable but inconvenient husband, has become a classic of its kind, and established Cain as a major novelist with a spare and vital prose style and a bleak vision of America. The Postman Always Rings Twice is one of the more important crime novels of the 20th century. The novel’s mix of sexuality and violence was startling in its time and caused it to even be banned in Boston when it was published.

Paperback, 128pp
Orion Publishing, 2005 (1934)
ISBN 9780752864365