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The Postman Always Rings Twice by  James M Cain - First edition - 1934 - from Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 56601)

The Postman Always Rings Twice

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The Postman Always Rings Twice

by Cain, James M

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  • hardcover
  • First
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New York: Knopf, 1934. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. 187pp. Octavo. Orange boards. Jacket blurb affixed to the front pastedown. Top stain faded. Jacket shows some sunning, especially to spine, and some edgewear. Dust jacket is from another copy. A solid copy of one of the most important crime novels of the 20th century.


The Postman Always Rings Twice , the first novel written by James M. Cain, was published in 1934 by Alfred A. Knopf. This book tells a dramatic story of murder and passion. Frank and Cora become lovers and conspire to murder Cora's husband, take over his diner, and live happily ever after. Things go wrong, and the novel is narrated by Frank from his prison cell on death row. The writing style epitomizes and in many ways pioneered hard-boiled crime drama, despite the author's distaste for the term. This book caused a sensation upon publication due to both the violence and sexual content.

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Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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The Postman Always Rings Twice
Cain, James M
Book condition
second hand - Very good
Jacket condition
very good
Quantity available
First edition
Place of Publication
New York
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Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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About Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA

Ken Sanders Rare Books is a full service antiquarian bookshop in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. We carry an ever-changing inventory of art, ephemera, maps, photography, and postcards in addition to a vast selection of used and rare books along with a few new books. We actively purchase and appraise books in all fields.


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First Edition
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