The Cocktail Waitress

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Grieving widow or black widow?

The day Joan Medford buried her husband was a fateful one—because before the day was out she'd meet the two men who would change her life forever. Forced to take a job waitressing to support herself and her child, Joan finds herself caught between the handsome young schemer whose touch she comes to crave and the wealthy older man whose touch repels her…but who otherwise would make a tempting husband number two. It's a classic Cain triangle —brutal and sexual and stark—that can only end in death. But for whom, the guilty…or the innocent?

The final novel written by James M. Cain and never before published, The Cocktail Waitress is a testament to the enduring power of one of the most acclaimed novelists of the twentieth century. The author of unforgettable noir classics such as Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cain's work remains as impossible to put down today as when first written, and will leave even jaded modern readers breathless.


  • CocktailWaitress_01_Open

    Duration: 22s
  • CocktailWaitress_02_Chapter1

    Duration: 13min
  • CocktailWaitress_03_Chapter2

    Duration: 10min
  • CocktailWaitress_04_Chapter3

    Duration: 15min
  • CocktailWaitress_05_Chapter4

    Duration: 07min
  • CocktailWaitress_06_Chapter5

    Duration: 10min
  • CocktailWaitress_07_Chapter6

    Duration: 16min
  • CocktailWaitress_08_Chapter7

    Duration: 14min
  • CocktailWaitress_09_Chapter8

    Duration: 13min
  • CocktailWaitress_10_Chapter9

    Duration: 16min
  • CocktailWaitress_11_Chapter10

    Duration: 12min
  • CocktailWaitress_12_Chapter11

    Duration: 21min
  • CocktailWaitress_13_Chapter12

    Duration: 14min
  • CocktailWaitress_14_Chapter13

    Duration: 26min
  • CocktailWaitress_15_Chapter14

    Duration: 12min
  • CocktailWaitress_16_Chapter15

    Duration: 22min
  • CocktailWaitress_17_Chapter16

    Duration: 13min
  • CocktailWaitress_18_Chapter17

    Duration: 11min
  • CocktailWaitress_19_Chapter18

    Duration: 24min
  • CocktailWaitress_20_Chapter19

    Duration: 03min
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