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

San Francisco Noir (By: ) (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seattle Noir (By: Curt Colbert) (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bronx Noir (By: S J Rozan) (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brooklyn Noir (By: ) (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
D.C. Noir (By: George Pelecanos) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chicago Noir (By: Neal Pollack) (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: Laura Lippman,,Julie Smith,Ace Atkins,Barbara Hambly,,David Fulmer,Jervey Tervalon,,,,James Nolan) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Los Angeles Noir (By: Christopher Rice) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wall Street Noir (By: Peter Spiegelman) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Havana Noir (By: ) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Detroit Noir (By: P.J. Parrish) (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
D.C. Noir 2 (By: George Pelecanos) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Queens Noir (By: Jill Eisenstadt) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Las Vegas Noir (By: ) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trinidad Noir (By: ) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Istanbul Noir (By: Tarkan Barlas) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Paris Noir (By: Aurélien Masson) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
San Francisco Noir 2 (By: ) (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Portland Noir (By: ) (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Delhi Noir (By: ) (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Phoenix Noir (By: Diana Gabaldon) (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Los Angeles Noir 2 (With: Joseph Hansen,Raymond Chandler,James Ellroy,Ross Macdonald,Margaret Millar,Walter Mosley,William Gault,Leigh Brackett,Naomi Hirahara,Chester Himes,Jervey Tervalon,,Denise Hamilton) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mexico City Noir (By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Richmond Noir (By: Tom De Haven,Clay McLeod Chapman) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Orange County Noir (By: T. Jefferson Parker,Dick Lochte,Gary Phillips,Robert S. Levinson,,,,Gordon McAlpine,Nathan Walpow) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Indian Country Noir (By: Sarah Cortez) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Moscow Noir (By: Irina Denezhkina) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Philadelphia Noir (By: ) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lone Star Noir (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Haiti Noir (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Copenhagen Noir (By: Gunnar Staalesen) (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pittsburgh Noir (By: ) (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Barcelona Noir (By: ) (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cape Cod Noir (By: Dana Cameron) (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kingston Noir (By: Patricia Powell,,,,,Marlon James) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Venice Noir (By: Michael Gregorio) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
St. Petersburg Noir (By: Pavel Krusanov) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kansas City Noir (By: ) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Boston Noir 2 (By: ) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Staten Island Noir (By: Bill Loehfelm) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
New York City Noir: The Five Borough Set (By: S J Rozan) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
USA Noir (By: Megan Abbott) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Haiti Noir 2 (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prison Noir (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tel Aviv Noir (By: ) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Helsinki Noir (By: James Thompson) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Providence Noir (By: Amity Gaige,Ann Hood,Elizabeth Strout,Bruce DeSilva,Luanne Rice,,Marie Myung-Ok Lee,John Searles) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chicago Noir: The Classics (By: Joe Meno) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Zagreb Noir (By: Nada Gašić) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Buffalo Noir (By: ) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Marseille Noir (By: Salim Hatubou) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beirut Noir (By: Abbas Beydoun) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stockholm Noir (By: Nathan Larson) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rio Noir (By: ) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brussels Noir (By: ) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mississippi Noir (By: Tom Franklin,Megan Abbott,Ace Atkins,Michael Farris Smith,,,,John M. Floyd,,,William Boyle,,,Michael Kardos,,,Chris Offutt) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
St. Louis Noir (By: Scott Phillips) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prague Noir (By: ) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
San Juan Noir (By: ) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oakland Noir (By: ) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Atlanta Noir (By: Tananarive Due,,Jennifer Harlow) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
New Haven Noir (By: Amy Bloom) (2017)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
São Paulo Noir (By: ) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vancouver Noir (By: Sam Wiebe) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hong Kong Noir (By: ) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Amsterdam Noir (By: Josh Pachter) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Houston Noir (By: ) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Milwaukee Noir (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nairobi Noir (By: ) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Alabama Noir (By: Carolyn Haines,Tom Franklin,Ace Atkins,Winston Groom,,,Michelle Richmond) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tampa Bay Noir (By: Ace Atkins) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Addis Ababa Noir (By: Maaza Mengiste) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Belgrade Noir (By: ) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miami Noir (By: James Carlos Blake,Elmore Leonard,,Edna Buchanan,,,,Zora Neale Hurston,,Charles Willeford,T.J. MacGregor,Brett Halliday,Lester Dent,Christine Kling,,Carolina Garcia-Aguilera) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Accra Noir (By: ) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Speculative Los Angeles (By: Duane Swierczynski,Stephen Blackmoore,,,Ben H. Winters,Charles Yu,,,Denise Hamilton,,S. Qiouyi Lu) (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Paris Noir: The Suburbs (By: ) (2022)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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