Thursday, May 2, 2019

Ten doomed and deadly romances in noir fiction

Vincent Zandri is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Caretaker’s Wife, Orchard Grove, and The Remains.

At CrimeReads he tagged ten affairs that went terribly wrong in true noir fashion. One title on the list:
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain.

A drifter happens upon a diner/filling station that’s owned by an old Greek man who’s married to a hot young blonde. Said drifter and hot blonde fall head over heels. Naturally the old man has got to go, and the drifter sets his sights on taking him out. The 1981 film version with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange is a classic. (If ever there was a novel that had a direct influence on The Caretaker’s Wife, it’s this one.)
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Postman Always Rings Twice is among Benjamin Black/John Banville's five top works of noir.

--Marshal Zeringue