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Mystery writer James Mallahan Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington College, and served in the military as editor-in-chief of the official newspaper of the 79th Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Cain worked as a staff reporter for the Baltimore Sun; he became a professor of journalism in the 1920s; he worked as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1930s and 40s. Many of his stories, including Double Indemnity (1943), have been made into successful films. Joan Crawford won an Academy Award in 1945 for her portrayal of Cain's Mildred Pierce (1941). Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), was said to have inspired Albert Camus' The Stranger, but offended sensibilities in the U.S. and was even tried for obscenity in Boston. The novel was eventually made into a movie in 1946, starring Lana Turner and again in 1981, with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. In all, Cain authored eighteen books. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Double Indemnity 1,760 copies, 56 reviews
Mildred Pierce (Author) 1,111 copies, 40 reviews
Serenade 309 copies, 4 reviews
The Cocktail Waitress 281 copies, 11 reviews
The Butterfly 163 copies
Love's Lovely Counterfeit 148 copies, 2 reviews
Mildred Pierce [1945 film] (Author) 110 copies, 2 reviews
Three of a Kind 94 copies, 3 reviews
The Root of His Evil 76 copies, 1 review
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Jealous Woman 64 copies, 2 reviews
The Moth 57 copies, 1 review
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Cloud Nine 50 copies, 1 review
Sinful Woman 48 copies
The Magician's Wife 47 copies, 1 review
Rainbow's End 42 copies, 2 reviews
The Complete Crime Stories 41 copies, 1 review
Galatea 39 copies, 1 review
Four Complete Novels 36 copies, 2 reviews
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The Institute 32 copies, 2 reviews
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The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (Contributor) 414 copies, 6 reviews
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Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (Contributor) 169 copies, 6 reviews
A Century of Great Suspense Stories (Contributor) 139 copies, 1 review
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Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (Contributor) 36 copies
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