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The attached book review first appeared in the Beverly Hills literary rag, "Rob Wagner's Script", and covered the 1947 novel The Butterfly by James M. Cain (1892 1977):

"I have not read Cain's older books to confirm this impression, but offhand I would say that 'The Butterfly' is second to 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', among his longer things, as an exhibition of his peculiar talents...This work concerns itself with incest. Technically, no incest is committed, but a marriage is made and consummated between two people, one of whom supposes that she is the other's daughter..."

"I was cheerfully shocked and titillated. One of the minor pleasures of my life is to read a James M. Cain book, and then wash my teeth, have a bath and eat a good dinner."

Click here to read a review of one of the finest novels to come out of W.W. II: "The Naked and the Dead" by Norman Mailer.

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A 1947 Review of THE BUTTERFLY by James M. Cain (Rob Wagner's Script, 1947)

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