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Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity | James M. Cain
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Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1935, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir.
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gradcat
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#anglophileapril

(Day 7 - #TaintedLove)

*This movie is most definitely an example of “tainted love.” It came from the tagged novella by James M. Cain. It‘s such an oldie but goodie; I highly recommend the movie if you‘ve never seen it.

Palimpsest I adore Barbara Stanwyck (edited) 6mo
gradcat @Palimpsest I know! Wasn‘t she so great? Plus, Fred MacMurray really slays in that role! Who‘d‘ve thunk it—if you ever saw the tv show “My Three Sons”! 6mo
Cinfhen My fabulous cohosts read the book for their family bookclub and all 3 loved the book!!! It‘s still on my #OneDay list 6mo
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emilyhaldi Yes!!!! Cindy is right, we loved this book 🤩 6mo
rretzler Fantastic movie. Still haven‘t read the book - which is unusual for me. 6mo
rretzler 💕 My Three Sons! 6mo
Mdargusch I almost used this book for the prompt too! Perfect! 6mo
Reviewsbylola Loved this book. Cain is awesome. 6mo
kspenmoll Great movie! 5mo
gradcat @Cinfhen You really must read it...then watch the movie...or vice versa...I think either way is fine, so long as you do it, right @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola ? 😂👍 5mo
gradcat @kspenmoll @rretzler I think you can be forgiven for not reading the book in this case, because the movie is just that good. The book is rather short, if I‘m remembering correctly...I believe it‘s a novella. 5mo
gradcat @rretzler I forgot to mention my happiness over someone knowing “My Three Sons!” 😂🥰👍 5mo
rretzler 😂 My Three Sons was one of my favorite shows back in the day! 5mo
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Reviewsbylola
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James Cain is a master, and Double Indemnity immediately came to mind with the #heyjune prompt #ififell. Walter is an insurance agent just making a house call when he becomes involved in a murder plot with a housewife intent on killing her husband in order to collect on his life insurance policy.

Cathythoughts Sounds brilliant 1y
GypsyKat Well done! 1y
Cinfhen Every since u first posted I‘ve been wanting to read this book 😍 1y
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Mdargusch Good one! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
writerlibrarian One of noir's best. Good choice. 1y
Reviewsbylola It was an easy five stars. I definitely recommend! @Cathythoughts @GypsyKat @Cinfhen 1y
SledgeReader Have not read this one. Love Cain! Stacked! 1y
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Cedricsmom
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Have you seen the movie? Are you a fan of the noir genre? James Cain practically invented noir with this classic, Mildred Pierce and the Postman Always Rings Twice. In Double Indemnity, a desperate man falls for a definitive femme fatale and plays out the game “straight down the line” to the inevitable. If you‘re curious about the genre, read this taut, exhilarating gem of a book.

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Mdargusch
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#selfishlove. Who was using whom in this fast paced thriller? #aprella

emilyhaldi Perfect for this prompt 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Reviewsbylola Definitely a good pick! 1y
Cinfhen Still need to read this one, especially since you ALL loved it so much!!! 1y
Meredith3 Great choice! And yes @Cinfhen you need to read it! It's super quick! 1y
Billypar Never read the book, but the film is one of my favorites. 1y
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EadieB
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Short, quick read about Walter Neff, insurance salesman, and Phyllis Nardlinger, housewife, who plan the perfect murder of Phyllis‘ husband where they will collect double indemnity from a recently purchased insurance policy. Will they get away with murder after they begin to mistrust one another? A noir classic that is a definite masterpiece.

Mdargusch This is a great suspense/thriller! 1y
EadieB I agree! The movie is good too! 1y
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guinsgirlreads
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Vintage crime is a good time.. nice one-sitting read for today 👍🏻

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guinsgirlreads
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About to knock this one out during my workout 💪🏻👋🏻

emilyhaldi This is a good one! 2y
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Dulcinella
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Detective noir. Excellent book in the genre and I loved the audiobook.

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Reviewsbylola
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January 2018 wrap up. I read a total of 12 books. (Missing is Beartown and Bringing Adam Home.)

🥇 Double Indemnity
🥈 What Made Maddy Run
🥉 The Underground Railroad

emilyhaldi Nice! I'm surprised by your silver medal choice! 2y
Mdargusch Nice stack there. 2y
britt_brooke Nice!! 2y
Readage Great job! 2y
Cinfhen Impressive😍 2y
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emilyhaldi
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My #bookdepository haul came just in time for me to start my family book club pick for Jan... with just 2 days left before our meeting! Good thing it‘s short 😆

And while I originally went to the site for just that one book, I obviously had to throw in a few more...

Librariana The family that reads together.... 😁 Y'all are the coolest Litsy fam! 2y
Reviewsbylola You‘ll finish it in two hours probably. 2y
JenlovesJT47 Great choices!! 🙌🏻 2y
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Meredith3 You'll probably finish that book in an hour! 2y
Leftcoastzen I really want to read Elmet !Love East of Eden and Double Indemnity. 2y
DeborahSmall I have 3 sisters but only my mum and 1 sister reads as much as me! You‘re all so lucky. Midwinter is fab 😘 2y
Mdargusch Just in the nick of time. 2y
batsy Love the idea of a family book club 💞 2y
LeahBergen That‘s a great stack of books. 👍🏻 2y
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Meredith3
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I don‘t know about you, but I am a big fan of the show, Snapped- HUGE! And this book was like an episode right out of Snapped: Killer Couples- loved it. Can‘t wait to discuss with my book club on Thursday! #staysexyanddontgetmurdered 🖤🔨🔪⚔️⚰️🔫💊

Reviewsbylola I‘m really glad everyone seems to like it! 2y
emilyhaldi Oooooh girl you got me all excited!!! 🙆🏻‍♀️🔪 2y
Mdargusch I will be anxious to hear about it. 2y
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Meredith3
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Finally getting into the book club book, good thing it's a short one because I only have until Thursday to finish it!

emilyhaldi COOL PICTURE!! 👌🏻 2y
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi thank you! 😹😹😹 2y
Mdargusch It‘s definitely a fast read. 🛀🏻🛀🏻🛀🏻 2y
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AnnieD
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First book of 2018 - don‘t worry I finished this over a week ago I just don‘t post daily like @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch big fan of this book and now need to go buy everything by James Cain.

Mdargusch I agree. I can see why @Reviewsbylola wants to read all his books! 2y
Reviewsbylola I now have six of his books. 😂 2y
emilyhaldi Go girl!!! I haven‘t started this yet but excited by the positive reviews 😄 2y
Meredith3 Omg you are WAAAY ahead of me! Nice work, homie! 2y
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Mdargusch
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Our January #familybookclub choice is a short thriller written in 1935. This book is packed with more action, twists, and murders than most modern day thrillers that are 200 pages longer! This author is a genius. I was hooked from the very beginning and never guessed most of the surprises Cain had in store. This would be perfect for readathon as the audiobook is only 3 1/2 hours long. #booked2018 #unconventionalromance

IamIamIam I didn't know this was a book! I love the film!!! 2y
cathysaid Gorgeous yarn! 2y
Meredith3 Your review has me super excited to start this! 2y
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Mdargusch Check it out @IamIamIam - it‘s such a quick read! 2y
Mdargusch Thanks @cathysaid , I‘m trying to use up all my leftovers so it is a bit of this and a bit of that. 2y
Mdargusch It‘s right up your alley @Meredith3 2y
Pamwurtzler That‘s really pretty! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Great picture! It‘s making me miss knitting! 2y
Suet624 Beautiful knitting 2y
Cinfhen Awesome review!!! Yay on your first challenge read completed🎉🎉I think I'm gonna try this one for #unconventionalromance as well 😀 2y
emilyhaldi You and @Reviewsbylola have me pumped for this one!!! 2y
Mdargusch It‘s so quick, you can‘t lose @cinfhen! 2y
Kaye Whatcha knitting ? It‘s very pretty. Makes me want to get some yarn and do something. Not sure what 😁 2y
Mdargusch Just making a scarf/shawl with my leftover yarn @Kaye. BTW just got Shallow Grave In Trinity County and started it. 👍🏼👍🏼 2y
Kaye Sounds great ❤️ will be watching for your review. 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘m so glad you loved it! 2y
kspenmoll Whatever you are knitting looks gorgeous! Love your color choices. 2y
Godmotherx5 Pretty yarn 💝 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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This was the perfect #firstbook of 2018. James Cain is unlike any author I‘ve ever read. The forward really spoke to me in that, as an English major, I was never taught Cain in a single class I took. Had it not been for the film adaptations, I wouldn‘t have heard of his books. I gave this five stars and immediately bought another three volume book of his on amazon. This is the perfect crime noir that kept me guessing at every turn. #pop18

KarenUK Never read this but I ❤️the movie! Maybe I should use this for my #POP18 challenge... for seen the movie first? @Cinfhen 2y
Reviewsbylola That would be perfect! @KarenUK 2y
Cinfhen Yes!!! Great choice, I haven't seen the movie although I know it's a classic @KarenUK 2y
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Cinfhen Maybe I'll try this one ~ thanks Steph 💟 2y
emilyhaldi 😁😁😁 2y
BarbaraBB Sounds perfect. I read the tagged one, also a classic made into a movie and very good. 2y
Reviewsbylola I already own that and I think it will be in my next readalong pile! @barbarabb 2y
Mdargusch Can‘t wait to read this! 2y
rabbitprincess Double Indemnity is my favourite Cain novel! Glad you liked it 😊 2y
Meredith3 I'm still waiting for this one to arrive in the mail! 📪 2y
Reviewsbylola So are Mom and Emily. @Meredith3 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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I‘m having so much fun seeing everyone‘s #firstbook of 2018. I struggled so much picking a book. I put way too much stock in the first book of the year. Here is what I finally settled on. It‘s short. ✔️ It‘s our book club pick for January. ✔️ It is one of my prompts for #pop18 ✔️ I just braved the freezing cold to grab Starbucks and now I‘m cozying up for the rest of the day. Happy New Year littens!!! 🎉🎉🎉

JessClark78 Happy New Year! 2y
Cinfhen Starbucks ❤️🙌🏻hope you enjoy your #firstbook 2y
raelaschoenherr I was selective on my first read too! It‘s funny that we‘re all like that :) Hope it‘s a good one for you! Props for actually going outside 😆 2y
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Reviewsbylola It‘s so good! I could have read it in one setting but I wanted to get some household chores done. Boo to being responsible. 👎🏻 @Cinfhen 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ll pretty much do anything for Starbucks! 😂 @raelaschoenherr 2y
raelaschoenherr Also, is this the book the movie is based on? I‘ve seen that! 2y
raelaschoenherr I absolutely get that when it comes to coffee 😉☕️ 2y
Cinfhen That's awesome because my two #firstbook(s) are not really that good 😜I'm reading an ebook and physical book and one's close to a pan (Artemis) and the other is meh 2y
Reviewsbylola What bummer. ☹️ @Cinfhen 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes, he has had all of his books made into movies I think! @raelaschoenherr 2y
emilyhaldi This is a surprise!! Interesting pick 👍🏻 can't wait to see what you think! 🤞🏻 2y
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twohectobooks
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#two #novemberbythenumbers

Read this a few weeks ago and looooved it. Cain is another one of those writers who are just tremendously good at what they do, and his endings (in the two books of his that I‘ve read) are flabbergasting. Can‘t wait to read more. Do beware, though, this reads like slightly more misogynist and WAY more stabby Hemingway.

GondorGirl Great review! Especially the more misogynistic, stabby Hemingway bit. 😂 2y
Betty @twohectobooks your Litsy handle covers the #two prompt too 2y
twohectobooks @GondorGirl haha thanks! 2y
twohectobooks @Betty you‘re right! I didn‘t even think of that hehe 2y
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#two #NovemberbytheNumbers A pulp classic also made into a film. When duplicitous people are plotting together,you gotta add some backstabbing too.This pulpy Signet paperback was published in 1950.Double Indemnity was broken out of Cain‘s earlier hardcover of three novellas called “Three of a kind”.

batsy Love that vintage cover 💙 2y
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twohectobooks
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“He‘s not happy. He‘ll be better off—dead.”

Just starting this quick noir between more serious novels.

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Read as part of a reading challenge-this time a book recommended by a favorite author. So when Dean Koontz said in an interview that he'd read it 6 or 7 times, I had to try it. Very noir which is not my fav type of writing. But enough twists in this plot to require chiropractic care. "Fun," quick read. My coffee got cold beside me which says a lot.

JazzFeathers Read it years ago, but although l love noir, it didn't really hooked me. I have a feeling l'll like the film a lot more 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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#retrocoverfun #riotgrams All Signets. The newest is the Spillane . Back then the price was 25 cents .

elkeo_TheBookDragon Fantastic covers!! 2y
batsy Oh wow, those covers 😍 2y
Leftcoastzen @batsy can you imagine the art department room when they were cranking these out? 2y
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Leigh0906
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A quick read for next week's lunchtime #bookclub. #currentlyreading

Louise James M. Cain is such a master of his genre! Enjoy! 2y
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Hamlet
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I grabbed this short murder story as a break on a snowy day from the longer books I'm reading. It delivered in the full-flower of the hard-boiled style I expected. I must confess I know the movie well (and love it), & didn't like the exposition-filled elaborate ending of the book. I can see why the script writer simplified things. Still, it's a book worth knowing & it made for a diverting afternoon read, a good one for the repertoire.

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