Literary Techniques

Like The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity is written in the form of a confession. Cain again stays within the secure...

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Social Concerns

Today Cain is still regarded as a novelist who brought to life the California of the 1930s. The setting of Double Indemnity is more...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Cain, James M. “An Interview with James M. Cain.” Interview by John Carr. The Armchair Detective 16, no. 1 (1973): 4-21.

Fine, Richard. James M. Cain and the American Authors’ Authority. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992.

Forter, Gregory. “Double Cain.” Novel 29 (Spring, 1996): 277-298.

Hoopes, Roy. Cain. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982.

Hoopes, Roy. Our Man in Washington. New York: Forge, 2000.

Madden, David. Cain’s Craft. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1985.

Madden, David. James M. Cain. New York: Twayne, 1970.

Marling, William. The American Roman Noir: Hammett, Cain, and Chandler. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995.

Nyman, Jopi. Hard-Boiled Fiction and Dark Romanticism. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.

Skenazy, Paul. James M. Cain. New York: Continuum, 1989.


Like The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity enjoyed great success as a film. It was released in 1943, was directed by Billy...

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