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Where to Start with James M. Cain

JamesMCain_ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice_NovelSuspectsJames M. Cain is one of the founding writers of hard-boiled crime fiction, although he vehemently resisted such labeling during his lifetime. His work is notable because it doesn’t follow many of the genre conventions for hardboiled crime, and yet he’s considered one of the greats alongside Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler for his novels about real people turning to crime and violence, and facing the messy consequences that follow. If you’ve ever been curious about picking up Cain’s books, here are a few entry points into his body of work. These five books represent the range of James M. Cain’s style, and will provide you with an entry point into an impressive and dazzling career. If you want to read more about Cain’s influence, read about how his work epitomized hard-boiled crime fiction.