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Book Title: Bloody Cocktail|
Date of issue: August 20th 2014
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The author of the book: James M. Cain
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Read full description of the books Bloody Cocktail:Hyattsville, Maryland, début des années 1960. Joan Medford, une jeune veuve soupçonnée d’avoir provoqué l’accident de voiture dans lequel a péri son mari violent et alcoolique, est obligée de trouver rapidement un travail pour obtenir la garde de son fils, placé chez sa belle-sœur qui la hait.
Grâce à l’aide d’un officier de police bienveillant, Joan devient serveuse dans un bar à cocktails de luxe, le Garden of Roses.
Là, elle fait la connaissance de deux habitués, Earl K. White III, un vieil homme d’affaires richissime, et Tom Barclay, un jeune homme fougueux nourrissant des ambitions politiques.
Entre les deux, son cœur ne balance pas. Pourtant, la jeune femme décide d’accepter la demande en mariage de White. Peut-on refuser quoi que ce soit à un homme qui vous laisse des pourboires de 50 000 dollars ?
Peu de temps après, ce dernier meurt empoisonné…
Read information about the authorJames Mallahan Cain was an American journalist and novelist. Although Cain himself vehemently opposed labelling, he is usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction and seen as one of the creators of the 'roman noir'.
He was born into an Irish Catholic family in Annapolis, Maryland, the son of a prominent educator and an opera singer. He inherited his love for music from his mother, but his high hopes of starting a career as a singer himself were thwarted when she told him that his voice was not good enough.
After graduating from Washington College where his father, James W. Cain served as president, in 1910, he began working as a journalist for the Baltimore Sun.
He was drafted into the United States Army and spent the final year of World War I in France writing for an Army magazine. On his return to the United States he continued working as a journalist, writing editorials for the 'New York World' and articles for 'American Mercury'. He also served briefly as the managing editor of 'The New Yorker', but later turned to screenplays and finally to fiction.
Although Cain spent many years in Hollywood working on screenplays, his name only appears on the credits of three films, 'Algiers', 'Stand Up and Fight', and 'Gypsy Wildcat'.
His first novel (he had already published 'Our Government' in 1930), 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' was published in 1934. Two years later the serialized, in 'Liberty Magazine', 'Double Indemnity was published.
He made use of his love of music and of the opera in particular in at least three of his novels: 'Serenade' (about an American opera singer who loses his voice and who, after spending part of his life south of the border, re-enters the States illegally with a Mexican prostitute in tow), 'Mildred Pierce' (in which, as part of the subplot, the only daughter of a successful businesswoman trains as an opera singer) and 'Career in C Major', a short semi-comic novel about the unhappy husband of an aspiring opera singer who unexpectedly discovered that he has a better voice than she does.
He continued writing up to his death at the age of 85, his last three published works, 'The Baby in the Icebox' (1981), Cloud Nine (1984) and The Enchanted Isle (1985) being published posthumously. However, the many novels he published from the late 1940s onward never quite rivaled his earlier successes.
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