By James M. Cain
All 3 books are written with a permanent view of the darkish corners of the yank psyche. Cain hammered excessive artwork out of the crude subject of betrayal, bloodshed, and perversity.
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The sale of that ranch had happened so suddenly, after a night of drinking, and then he’d died so soon afterward, that anything requiring much forethought or afterthought didn’t seem likely. But the slim hope that Billington had paid gift taxes was all Hom-Astubby could cling to. Hom-Astubby’s attorneys hadn’t had any luck ﬁnding out what Billington might have done, if anything, about gift taxes. The Billington estate was tied up in court, the subject of several lawsuits, and the attorneys for the estate were slow in communicating with everyone.
Got a big ole baconwrapped ﬁlet mignon that’ll melt in your mouth. But it’s pretty expensive and it gets a little loud on Saturday night. That’s when the younguns pretty much take over the place. Mama Garcia’s, in town, has got great Mexican food. Nobody can cook like Beryl Garcia. That’s Harry’s favorite place. ” “I love that food,” Hom-Astubby said. ” He watched the sheriff drive away, staring at the Notre Dame football decal on his back window. Hom-Astubby had never noticed before, but the little Irishman in the decal was smiling, a distinctly smug and mischievous little smile.