The Cocktail Waitress

The Cocktail Waitress

Book - 2012
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A rerelease of a classic tale by the New Yorker journalist and author of The Postman Always Rings. 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.
Publisher: London : Titan Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st hard case crime ed.
ISBN: 9781781160329
Call Number: CAIN
Characteristics: 270 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Widows -- Fiction.
Cocktail servers -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction


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Dec 17, 2017

Stupendous. No-one can touch James M. Cain -- it's like his characters invented him to tell their tale.

Jun 25, 2016

"The Cocktail Waitress", James M Cain, 1892 - 1977. has no specified creation date like the other works of Cain because it is supposedly discovered after his death. I didn't care for the story line and I didn't like the font either and gave up about 75 pages into. I doubt Cain ever intended this to be considered a completed novel that he would be proud to put his name to.

JCLVincentS May 15, 2013

Unpublished manuscript from 1975. Recently discovered. Reads like an updated, nautier version of Cain's 1940 Mildred Pierce. A fun read for lovers of pulp fiction.

toadkicker Oct 25, 2012

This was the worst book I've read this year. An epic disappointment.


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