The Postman Always Rings Twice


"An amoral young tramp.  A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband.  A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve."


First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, "The Postman Always Rings Twice" is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for "The Stranger." It is included in Modern Library's list of 100 best novels.

Light foxing and some soil, especially to spine. 188 pages; approx. 5"x8"


  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • James Cain
  • Alfred A. Knopf, 1934
  • Fifth Printing