The Embezzler

A bank employee’s wife teams up with his boss—with fatal results—in this noir novella.

Despite an ulcer that requires surgery, workaholic Charles Brent doesn’t want to take time off from his job as a head teller at the bank. What eventually convinces him to give in and take a break is the prospect of his young wife, Sheila, temporarily taking over his responsibilities. Then, in Charles’s absence, his wife and his boss discover the embezzlement he’s been hiding—and the reason behind it. But instead of reporting Charles, the two form a pact…

Originally published under the title Money and the WomanThe Embezzler is a standout novella from James M. Cain, celebrated crime writer and master of the noir thriller.

Title: The Embezzler
Published: 1938
Genre: Novels