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James M. Cain

James M. Cain, full name James Mallahan Cain (1 July 1892-22 Oct 1977) American author, one of the greatest of the "Hard-boiled" school of lean prose with dark violence and sexual content, although he disdained the label. His first novel, "The Postman Always Rings Twice" [New York: Knopf, 1934] is a fine example, also containing social commentary on the Great Depression. * 18 mystery/detective novels: * The Postman Always Rings Twice [New York: Knopf, 1934] * Serenade [New York: Knopf, 1937] * Mildred Pierce [New York: Knopf, 1941] was adapted for film * Love's Lovely Counterfeit [New York: Knopf, 1942] * Three of a Kind [New York: Knopf, 1944] * Past All Dishonor [New York: Knopf, 1946] * The Butterfly [New York: Knopf, 1947] * Sinful Woman [New York: Avon, 1948] * The Moth [New York: Knopf, 1948] * Three of Hearts [London: Hale, 1949] novels and stories * Jealous Woman [New York: Avon, 1950] * The Root of His Evil [New York: Avon, 1952; a.k.a. "Shameless" 1958] * Galatea [New York: Knopf, 1953] * Mignon [New York: Dial, 1962] * The Magician's Wife [New York: Dial, 1965] * Rainbow's End [New York: Mason Charter, 1975] * The Institute [New York: Mason Charter, 1976] * Cloud Nine [New York: Mysterious Press, 1984] * 2 plays * 3 screenplays * 2 books edited (Military, men's stories) In the Periodic Table of the Elements, "Ca" stands for Calcium. In the Periodic Table of the Mystery Authors, "Ca" stands for James M. Cain! Return to Mystery/Detective Table of Contents Return to PERIODIC TABLE OF MYSTERY AUTHORS [Grateful acknowledgment to Professor Erich Friedman for his permission for me to use the table structure and color GIFs of the Periodic Table, above, whose Mystery Author roll-over status names and correlation of Element Abbreviations with Mystery Author names are not the fault of Professor Erich Friedman but purely the work of Professor Jonathan Vos Post]