Hard Case Crime to publish lost novel from James M. Cain

This is exciting: Hard Case Crime will publish a lost novel by James M. Cain, author of classics liks The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce.

The novel is called The Cocktail Waitress, and it was the last novel Cain was working on before he died in 1977. Charles Ardai, the publisher behind Hard Case Crime, first heard about the book nine years ago, and recently tracked down a nearly-finished draft that Cain had marked with hand-written notes and revisions. The book will be completed using those notes. 

The book is planned for a Fall 2012 release, with a hardcover and ebook edition, followed by a paperback in 2013. 

 

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