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The Glass Key (Chivers Large Print) (original 1931; edition 2001)

by Dashiell Hammett

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Title:The Glass Key (Chivers Large Print)
Authors:Dashiell Hammett (Author)
Info:Chivers Press, Bath (2001), (Large Print) Hardcover, 329 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:novel, crime, mystery

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The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett (1931)

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Fun story and lots of twists and turns! I really liked how the author used the main character's whole name in the narrative, not just his first name or the pronoun 'he'. It really added something to the tale! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
Good, but not great. Kind of slow moving, but it did have interesting characters. ( )
  rrbritt53 | Oct 27, 2015 |
Pretty disappointing. Somebody gets killed - Taylor Hearst. Someone looks guilty - Paul Madvig. Through the most of the book the presumed perp - Madvig - looks more and more guilty. The protagonist - Ned Beaumont - spends all his time trying to prove he is not guilty, but only uncovers more damning evidence. Everybody, even his own daughter - Opal - is sure he is guilty. Eventually Paul Madvig even confesses to the murder. But NO! In the last 5 pages, the protangonist - Beaumont - suddenly reveals the real killer. It is someone the reader couldn't possibly figure out was guilty because the are no hints or clues given to the reader. Beaumont pulls the solution out of a proverbial magician's hat. The real culprit is brought to justice. All the false clues are resolved and the hot babe runs off with Ned Beaumont. This is basically the same kind of plot device used in every Perry Mason episode, except that on TV the device actually works. I also don't think much of Hammett's writing style, which is widlely admired apparently. In general I think Hammett is a wildly overrated script writer, writing stories that are clearly driven by the requirements of Hollywood. ( )
  clarkland | Oct 21, 2015 |
I am giving this tree stars on faith. I know I've read it but I just don't remember it. More a novel of political power struggle than a mystery. ( )
  antiquary | Apr 29, 2015 |
Ned Beaumont is a far more likable hero than the hero of the Dain Curse -- not always honest, but a sense of justice (of a sort). Not nearly as convoluted as the Dain Curse either. A pretty good read with some classic 30's patter. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679722629, Paperback)

Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett's tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.

A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel.  This classic Hammet work of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.

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Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him?… (more)

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