Between now and 2012’s end, I’ve pledged (to myself? to the library gods?) to read 50 books, and to do a series of 50-word book reviews for each title, dubbed “50/50.” This is the first. Hope you enjoy. The next 50/50 will be Jeanette Winterson’s “Written on the Body.”
The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain (1934)
L.A. outskirts, early ‘30s. Recidivist drifter finds work in dusty truck stop diner, bites coworker afraid she looks Mexican. They fall in love, decide to off her “greasy” Greek husband, the diner’s owner. Try, fail. Try again. Romance fiery, cruel but weighty, well-paced run-up and twist. Potboiler, but tasty, thriller.