Following her husband's death in an accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an ...
Following her husband's death in an accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage...
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Publishers Weekly, 2013-01-28 The world-weariness of the eponymous lead, Joan Medford, is perfectly captured here by narrator Amy Rubinate. As Cain's noir opens, Medford's just lost her husband-and under circumstances that garnered police interest. But she's no simple widow, and Rubinate sells the rapid transformation from a grieving wife to a menacing figure determined to keep her son, in spite of efforts by her childless sister-in-law to claim him. Without histrionics, Rubinate makes Medford's emotional but restrained threats seem true to life, and early on signals the complexity of the lead. Rubinate's versatility serves her well in portraying the other characters; different genders, ages, and social classes are all handled perfectly. Cain devotees will find this an entertaining must-listen. A Hard Case Crime hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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