Let's end the year with a shorter work.
The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1934 crime novel by James M. Cain.
The novel was quite successful and notorious upon publication, and is regarded as one of the more important crime novels of the 20th century. Fast-moving and brief (only about 100 pages long, depending on the edition), the novel's mix of sexuality and violence was startling in its time, and saw the book banned in Boston.
It is included in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels list.
The novel has been adapted as a motion picture seven times (see Adaptations). The 1946 version is probably the best known, and is regarded as an important film noir.