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Noir collectors will soon have a new book to add to their shelves: a lost novel by James M. Cain, author of the classics Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice, was recently discovered by Max Alan Collins. Collins, an impressive crime writer in his own right (author of Road to Perdition) has spent the last nine years tracking down the manuscript and arranging for the publication rights.
The Cocktail Waitress centers around a young widow named Joan Medford who takes a job as, you guessed it, a cocktail waitress where she becomes involved in a complicated love triangle.
As an added bonus to the enjoyment of reading a new Cain novel, collectors will be able to actually afford to purchase the first edition of The Cocktail Waitress. First editions of Cain's famous novels, of course, are pricey little numbers.