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I don't tend to read a lot from the crime genre, but there are a few authors and titles that have interested me. The Postman Always Rings Twice is one of them. I saw one of the film adaptations years ago on either AMC or TCM and recall enjoying it. The book is short and was recommended, so I figured I'd give it a shot.
I enjoyed Cain's style: brusque, earthy, gives insight into the characters while moving the story along at a brisk pace. Though Cain is probably stylistically closer to Hammett and Chandler and other such authors I've never read, his writing reminded me at times of Steinbeck in his California novels.
The Postman Always Rings Twice is a short and engaging novel — I was surprised I finished it on the trans-Atlantic flight — and I look forward to reading more in the crime genre and more by Cain.