All the titles in the READ A GREAT MOVIE promotion are being specially designed, and supported by excellent point of sale material. THE BOOK: One of the most famous crime novels ever written. 'Cain has established a formidable reputation of furious pace, harsh and masterful realism, tough, raw speech right out of the mouths of the people' SATURDAY REVIEW. 'It is no accident that movies based on three [of Cain's novels] helped to define the genre known as film noir' NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS. The two other James Cain novels made into films, DOUBLE INDEMNITY and MILDRED PIERCE, are also published by Orion. THE FILM: Famously filmed in 1946 starring Lana Turner and John Garfield. It was also remade in 1981 with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. Both versions are available on DVD.
James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War 1, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920's. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977
The novel's rattling exuberance makes it impossible to read without becoming physically buzzed - SPIRIT & DESTINY