The Cocktail Waitress

The Cocktail Waitress

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Grieving widow or black widow?

The day Joan Medford buried her husband was a fateful oneâe"because before the day was out she'd meet the two men who would change her life forever. Forced to take a job waitressing to support herself and her child, Joan finds herself caught between the handsome young schemer whose touch she comes to crave and the wealthy older man whose touch repels herâe¦but who otherwise would make a tempting husband number two. It's a classic Cain triangle âe"brutal and sexual and starkâe"that can only end in death. But for whom, the guiltyâe¦or the innocent?

The final novel written by James M. Cain and never before published, The Cocktail Waitress is a testament to the enduring power of one of the most acclaimed novelists of the twentieth century. The author of unforgettable noir classics such as Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cain's work remains as impossible to put down today as when first written, and will leave even jaded modern readers breathless.

Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, 2013
ISBN: 9780062286253
Branch Call Number: AB CAIN COC
Characteristics: 8 compact discs (ca. 9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Rubinate, Amy


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Oct 25, 2016

I find it hard to rate this book as the narrator lends 'interpretation' of it & the author's damaging portrayal of women, setting a pattern for decades, yet to be removed. I can see how American audiences were not ready for this genre & why many were offended.

What was more interesting is the author James Cain, his life & affect on public opinion through books & movies during the 30's, 40's & even into the '50's America. ( & The Atlantic)

Reading the print form & forming one's own imagination of the main character would have worked better for me. I so dislike the title & book cover, typical of trashy novels, again a negative cast on women in general. However, that's common for the time period & too common for romance novels - IMO.

I don't know if she is guilty of murder or not. The 'diagnosis' at the end of the audio was enlightening & more interesting than the story itself. I knew the side effects of thalidomide, banned in the US, but did not know the reason for taking it. Interesting & yes, I'd suggest a read.

klara1955 Feb 24, 2016

loved the story, still not clear if she is a killer.

Aug 28, 2013

Very well read,
Disturbingly Interest grabbing book.

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