James M. Cain was an American author and journalist who is best known as one of the creators of the roman noir genre of books. He wrote many hard-boiled crime fiction books and saw a number of them made into successful films.

Cain served in United States Army after being drafted, he would spend the final year of World War I in France where he wrote for an army magazine. After returning from the war he would go to work as a journalist for a few years. He would publish his first novel in 1934, The Postman Always Rings Twice. That book would go on to be made into a classic film.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Double Indemnity (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Serenade (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Embezzler (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mildred Pierce (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Past All Dishonor (1946)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Butterfly (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sinful Woman (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Moth (1948)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Everybody Does It (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jealous Woman (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Root of His Evil (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Galatea (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mignon (1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Magician's Wife (1965)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rainbow's End (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Institute (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cloud Nine (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Enchanted Isle (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cocktail Waitress (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Bad Woman (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Career in C Major: And Other Fiction (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Sixty Years of Journalism (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Akashic Noir Books

(with Laura Lippman, Joseph Hansen, Raymond Chandler, S J Rozan, Julie Smith, James Grady, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald, Margaret Millar, Ernesto Mallo, Gary Phillips, Walter Mosley, Duane Swierczynski, Stephen Blackmoore, , , , Leigh Brackett, Naomi Hirahara, , Edwidge Danticat, , Peter Spiegelman, Jervey Tervalon, Ben H. Winters, Charles Yu, , Patricia Powell, , , , , , , , Marlon James)

Bronx Noir (By: S J Rozan) (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chicago Noir (By: ) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Baltimore Noir (By: Laura Lippman) (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
New Orleans Noir (By: Julie Smith) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Los Angeles Noir (By: ) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wall Street Noir (By: Peter Spiegelman) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (With: Joseph Hansen,Raymond Chandler,James Ellroy,Ross Macdonald,Margaret Millar,Walter Mosley,,Leigh Brackett,Naomi Hirahara,,Jervey Tervalon) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mexico City Noir (By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Orange County Noir (By: Gary Phillips) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Haiti Noir (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kingston Noir (By: Patricia Powell,,,,,Marlon James) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Haiti Noir 2 (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
St. Louis Noir (By: ) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Montana Noir (By: James Grady) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Buenos Aires Noir (By: Ernesto Mallo) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Speculative Los Angeles (By: Duane Swierczynski,Stephen Blackmoore,,,Ben H. Winters,Charles Yu) (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century(2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Books to Die For(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like James M. Cain Books, You’ll Love…

Double Indemnity is one of the best known books by Cain and was later made into a film by Billy Wilder. The book follows Walter Huff, an insurance salesman, who has a way of finding clients that may be in trouble. His latest find is Phyllis who wanted to buy an accident policy on her husband because she wanted her husband to have an accident. Walter is interested in her for more than just another case and is willing to do whatever it takes to get her, including arranging the perfect murder.

Cain’s debut was The Postman Always Rings Twice and is considered a classic of roman noir. The book is narrated by a young drifter named Frank Chambers who ends up working at a diner run by a beautiful young woman named Cora and her much older husband. That doesn’t stop Frank and Cora from engaging in an affair. Cora is looking for a way to escape and the only solution is to plan a murder of her husband, but they may not be prepared for the consequences.

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