Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity - James M. Cain One of the most tightly written books I've ever read, by the godfather of the type of noir fiction that I love. Not. A. Word. Wasted. In the book, Walter Huff goes to the Hollywood Hills to sell a car insurance renewal to Mr. Nirdlinger. But he gets caught up and starts falling hard for Mrs. Nirdlinger, who doesn't waste any time asking about accident insurance. We can pretty much guess where that leads! But even though we know where this is going, like a car crash, we can't take our eyes away. Even Walter knows where it's heading but he can't turn away either, because to his horror, he realizes that he's in love.

"I had done all that for her, and I never wanted to see her again as long as I lived.
That's all it takes, one drop of fear, to curdle love into hate."

Not quite as good as the classic, [b:The Postman Always Rings Twice|1870096|The Postman Always Rings Twice|James M. Cain||808562], Double Indemnity is still a lean and suspenseful piece of writing, and dark as the grave...

"I loved her like a rabbit loves a rattlesnake. That night I did something I hadn't done in years. I prayed.