A gripping tale of deceit, murder and a sensational trial, this courtroom classic is unmatched in its authenticity and vivid portrayls of its setting, events, and characters. Irresistibly absorbing, it has set the standard for all courtroom dramas to come.
"Rarely have I been so entertained as I have been by this strange novel, and for the life of me I can't tell why. It breaches all canons that fiction knows, being first of all the account of a murder trial, as stale a subject as most of us ever hit on. It is gummed up by a double anonymity, for if putting the tale in the mouth of Paul Biegler, attorney for the defense and the leading character, is a pleasant thing to do, hiding the true author's identity under a nom de plume is somehow annoying, especially as copyright law and book promotion make any real secrecy impossible."
James M. Cain, New York Times Book Review, 1/5/58