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James M. Cain: The Cocktail Waitress; Robert Benton: The Late Show
A perplexing, somewhat dated
late career novel and a small, understated gem
While browsing at Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, TN, I found James M. Cain’s The Cocktail Waitress, otherwise known as ‘the lost final novel’ on the cover.
Landmark Booksellers is worth a look when visiting Nashville; it sells new, used, and rare books and sometimes even has a group sitting around talking politics and philosophy. It’s in a Colonial Revival mansion with various rooms, akin to The Book Loft in Columbus’s German Village and one of the coolest landmarks in that city, each space housing different books by type and genre.
Actually, the first time I read Cain was in high school with a four novel collection I found at The Book Loft. Yes, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) and Double Indemnity(1943, though first serialized in 1936) are suspense classics that present desperate and down on their luck characters in the 1930s resorting to schemes that start simply and go disastrously wrong…read more
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