Books: Shocker in Underwear

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE— James M. Cain—Knopf ($2). Like the Ancient Mariner, who held his unwilling listener by the power of his glittering eye, the awful compulsion of his tale, Author Cain's high-powered shocker will keep many a reader spellbound. The Postman Always Rings Twice, though it gives the impression of a stark naked love-&-murder story, is actually narrative stripped to its underwear. Author Cain's hero is as hard as any cinema villain but he obeys cinema rules, goes sappy at the end.

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