James M. Cain
- Title: Sinful Woman
- Author: James M. Cain
- ISBN: 9780887390890
- Page: 496
- Format: Paperback
A starlet comes to Reno to start a new life and end her old one foreverSylvia Shoreham s Hollywood dreams came true long ago Critically beloved for her beauty, talent, and style, she was on her way to international stardom when a bad contract committed her to seven years of trashy comedies and half baked melodramas Her marriage to her producer husband has become a rottenA starlet comes to Reno to start a new life and end her old one foreverSylvia Shoreham s Hollywood dreams came true long ago Critically beloved for her beauty, talent, and style, she was on her way to international stardom when a bad contract committed her to seven years of trashy comedies and half baked melodramas Her marriage to her producer husband has become a rotten, loveless sham, so Sylvia s silver screen life verges on a nightmare To escape her celluloid hell, she s got only one option Forget Hollywood It s time for a Reno vacation.She comes to Nevada hoping for a divorce from her husband, Vicki, and an end to her contract, but the ugly side of the business follows her To protect herself from Vicki, she enlists Nevada s biggest Sylvia Shoreham fan He s six feet tall, strong as a mule, and just happens to be Reno s sheriff When her divorce turns into a war, this Hollywood icon will be glad to have him on her side.
Recent Comments "Sinful Woman"
A quickie noir, not quite up to the standards of Cain's other noir classics (but then again, what is?), but still an entertaining bit of cross, double-cross and the unraveling of the best laid criminal plots. I understand this started as a screenplay that wasn't picked up by Hollywood, so Cain turned it into a novel, which explains the heavy amount of dialogue and visible action.
James M. Cain at his worst but sometimes at his best as well.(Spoilers)This is a chaotic novella with a jumble of characters, mostly stereotypes, but stereotypes who would have been afoot in the land in the 1940's. None is drawn deeply, but each one is drawn sharply and the array of agendas makes for some interesting situations.As is usual with Cain's stories, a lot turns on business dealings, contracts, fine print, twists in the law, and concern for personal reputations.George M. Layton of Sou [...]
SINFUL WOMAN. (1947). James M. Cain. **1/2.Cain is mostly remembered as a writer based on his books that were turned into films, but he did publish several shorter works – typically ignored by critics because they were issued in paperback format. It’s probably better that way. This short work – about 110 pages – was a paperback original, though lacking the typical lurid cover. It’s the story of Sylvia Shoreham, a woman we meet in Reno, where she is waiting out a divorce. There was no l [...]
a truly unremarkable book from a writer i really really like. it reads like a bad screenplay, and perhaps that's what it is. there are no surprises and a lot of stock characters. i would not recommend reading for the cain enthusiast -- it'll just make you sad.
This book was ok but it came nowhere near meeting the high standard that Cain set with The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce and Serenade.
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