James M. Cain's Noir Novels: Background information when reading Sunburn

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Sunburn

by Laura Lippman

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James M. Cain's Noir Novels

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At one point in Sunburn, Polly recalls having gone to a film series back in Baltimore, a showing of several films grouped under the title "Raising Cain." At the time, she didn't know what that meant, but savvy readers will pick up on Lippman's reference to her fellow Baltimorean James M. Cain, author of influential noir novels, several of which were turned into even more memorable films. Several of these works, especially The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, directly influence Sunburn's language, tone, and even plot points. Perhaps after reading Sunburn, readers will be inspired to check out the classic films and have a "Raising Cain" film fest of their own!

Double IndemnityCain's Double Indemnity is a novella, originally published in serial form in 1936 and later adapted for film in 1944 by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. Starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck, the plot hinges on a complicated insurance scam, wrapped up in an illicit ...

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