“James M. Cain was a tougher writer than anybody in this joint. Sex, murder, bad women, worse men. He slapped your face and told you to like it.
Double Indemnity. The Postman Always Rings Twice. Mildred Pierce. They were outrageous sensations as books and films back in the Depression and just after. People still eat them up. Now his long-lost last novel, The Cocktail Waitress, is landing in book stores, 35 years after the Annapolis-born Cain, an unintentional co- founder of the noir or hard-boiled school of crime fiction, died at age 85″.