THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. .. "Well, I've seen many a sign in my time, but never one like that. never thought about them before. Editorial Reviews. Review. Penzler Pick, April It is sometimes easy to trace download a site site eBooks site Unlimited Prime Reading Best Sellers & More site Book Deals Free Reading Apps site Singles. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain. Read an Excerpt. download. Look Inside. Read an download the Ebook: Kobo · Barnes & Noble · Apple · Books A .

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (novel): | | | ||The Postman Always Rings Twice || is a |crime novel| by |James M. Cain| World Heritage Encyclopedia. First published in and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic. Read "The Postman Always Rings Twice" by James M. Cain available from Rakuten Kobo. 'Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not.

There is an immediate attraction between Frank and Cora, and they begin a passionate affair with sadomasochistic qualities when they first embrace, Cora commands Frank to bite her lip, and Frank does so hard enough to draw blood.

Cora, a femme fatale figure, is tired of her situation, married to a man she does not love, and working at a diner that she wishes to own and improve. Frank and Cora scheme to murder the Greek in order to start a new life together without Cora losing the diner.

They plan on striking Nick's head and making it seem he fell and drowned in the bathtub. Cora fells Nick with a solid blow, but, due to a sudden power outage and the appearance of a policeman, the scheme fails. Nick recovers and because of retrograde amnesia does not suspect that he narrowly avoided being killed.

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Determined to kill Nick, Frank and Cora fake a car accident. They ply Nick with wine, strike him on the head, and crash the car. Frank and Cora are injured. The local prosecutor suspects what has actually occurred, but doesn't have enough evidence to prove it. As a tactic intended to get Cora and Frank to turn on one another, he charges only Cora with the crime of Nick's murder, coercing Frank to sign a complaint against her.

Cora, furious and indignant, insists upon offering a full confession detailing both their roles.

Her lawyer tricks her into dictating that confession to a member of his own staff. Cora, believing her confession made, returns to prison. Though Cora would be sure to learn of the trickery, a few valuable hours are gained.

The lawyer uses the time to manipulate those financially interested in the trial to have their private detective recant his testimony, which was the final remaining weapon in the prosecution's arsenal. The state is forced to grant Cora a plea agreement , under which she is given a suspended sentence and no jail time.

Frank and Cora patch things up and plan a happy-family future. Then Cora is killed in a car accident while Frank is driving.

The book ends with Frank, from death row, summarizing the events that followed, explaining that he was wrongly convicted of having murdered Cora.

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The text, he hopes, will be published after his execution. Explanation of title The title is something of a non sequitur in that nowhere in the novel does a postman appear, nor is one even alluded to.


The title's meaning has therefore often been the subject of speculation. Being comfortable or achieving normalcy comes with too much responsibility. It all begins with a sandwich in a California diner on a road in the middle of nearly nowhere.

The Greek offers Frank a job which even though he is broke still sounds like Until he meets Cora. She had been out back, in the kitchen, but she came in to gather up my dishes.

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Something sparks between them, something desperate, something twisted, something so bad it is good. Bite me! I sunk my teeth into her lips so deep I could feel the blood spurt into my mouth.

It was running down her neck when I carried her upstairs.

Lovely ones, Frank. Not drunken kisses.


Kisses with dreams in them. Kisses that come from life, not death. Frank would have never had the ambition for such a deed on his own. His idea is that they just take off, become gypsies, live off the land, but Cora wants to be free, and she also wants the diner. She is a femme fatale. She twisted and turned, slow, so they would slip out from under her. Then she closed her eyes and lay back on the pillow.

Her hair was falling over her shoulders in snaky curls. She looked like the great grandmother of every whore in the world.

She lets him do things to her that would have most any other woman screaming for help.Read An Excerpt. Please enter your name. James Mallahan , The story is narrated in the first person by Frank Chambers, a young drifter who stops at a rural California diner for a meal, and ends up working there. Cain View All. There is an immediate attraction between Frank and Cora, and they begin a passionate affair with sadomasochistic qualities when they first embrace, Cora commands Frank to bite her lip, and Frank does so hard enough to draw blood.

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The diner is operated by a young, beautiful woman, Cora, and her much older husband, Nick Papadakis, sometimes called "the Greek ". Skip this list.

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