Following her husband's death in a suspicious car accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet and to have a chance of regaining custody of her young son.
At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer
who makes her blood race and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage...
The last, lost crime novel by one of the greatest noir novelists of all time, author of Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, and The Postman Always Rings Twice. Now published for the very first time - including an afterword by editor Charles Ardai!
The world-weariness of the eponymous lead, Joan Medford, is perfectly captured here by narrator Amy Rubinate. As Cain's noir opens, Medford's just lost her husband and under circumstances that garnered police interest. But she's no simple widow, and Rubinate sells the rapid transformation from a grieving wife to a menacing figure determined to keep her son, in spite of efforts by her childless sister-in-law to claim him. Without histrionics, Rubinate makes Medford's emotional but restrained threats seem true to life, and early on signals the complexity of the lead. Rubinate's versatility serves her well in portraying the other characters; different genders, ages, and social classes are all handled perfectly. Cain devotees will find this an entertaining must-listen. A Hard Case Crime hardcover.
I'm not much of a fiction reader but wow this was amazing. And also amazing how a man could write a woman's narrative. Love reading books
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Waste of time
Any book would beat this one. Shallow. Lousy plot. Wish I could get my money back for buying it.!!!!