Book Review: “Double Indemnity” by James M. Cain

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Double Indemnity
by James M. Cain

Walter Huff is an insurance salesman, so he knows all the ways an insurance fraud scheme can go wrong. Which is why he is the perfect accomplice for a beautiful woman who wants to murder her husband and collect on his insurance policy – which pays double for accidental death. In spite of Huff’s expertise, something about the crime smells wrong to the insurance detective who studies the case. And thereby hangs yet another tale of greed, adultery, and hard boiled suspense in the insurance industry.

Wriggle with delight as the dialogue pops. Squirm with Huff as his scrupulously careful fraud crumbles under Keyes’s scrutiny. Shudder at the gruesome violence, and thrill to a streak of naughtiness that was ahead of its time, both for the book and for the classic movie that came after it. And above all, bask in the glory of one of hard boiled fiction’s leanest, meanest masterpieces, from the mind behind Mildred Pierce and The Postman Always Rings Twice.