The Cocktail Waitress

A beautiful young widow trapped in a lousy job snares a rich new husband. But when he dies, the police suspect she's iced more than his drinks. The last novel of noir master James M. Cain, author of Mildred Pierce and The Postman Always Rings Twice, finally sees the light of day.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…