The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. CainClassic Noir
I'll have to be honest. I didn't get this book. And, I don't get the title. Can someone explain it to me? Mercifully, it was a short read. It's a story that was shocking for its time, but quite tame by today's standards. You should read it only for the novelty.
The book felt like an episode of "America's Dumbest Criminals", except without the humor. The story centers on a drifter named Frank who's no good. He is apparently more endowed in his pants than his brains as Cora, a restauranteur's wife, falls for him. Or, she is so obviously bored with her older, overweightt foreign husband that it's any port in a storm. Frank wants to have sex with Cora and be on his way, but the sex is hot and Cora is complicated and Frank is stuck whether he likes it or not. Frank has a hankering to escape and he wants Cora to become a traveling tramp with him. She has a different vision of their life together--one that doesn't include her husband. So, the two of them are up to their eyeballs in a botched murder attempt. Only their first, as it turns out.
The story left me feeling sad and a little dirty, like I took part in something distasteful. Their deeds and greed ruin them both and corrupt their love, which wasn't pure to begin with. It's impossible to find a character to relate to or liek.
Perhpas it made a better movie.