Happy birthday, James M. Cain.
Former New Yorker staffer and ex-newspaperman James Mallahan Cain was born today in Annapolis in 1892. Author of iconic hard-boiled works such as Mildred Pierce (1941), Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942), and Double Indemnity (1943), Cain is an inspiration to older writers (his first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice , was not published until he was 41).
See my earlier post on Cain at Thanksgiving from James Thurber's The Years with Ross. Go here to listen to a radio production of Love's Lovely Counterfeit with Humphrey Bogart.