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

by Dashiell Hammett (Author)

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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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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 |
In this political imbroglio, greed is mixed with passion where ambition trumps family and loyalty. I very much enjoyed the political power struggles mixed with a light murder mystery and a prohibition backdrop. Compared to today's technologies and convoluted plots, the intrigue comes across as simplistic, but this is also the novel's charm: a back to basics suspense where the hero follows a fairly linear path. What really makes this book's strength is the writing and in particular the dialogues: it felt like I was watching an old fashioned black and white movie with wise cracking bad guys, tough but honourable good guys, sassy dames and charming damsels. The stereotypes are all there, but are they really since they are the originals?
A great read where the atmosphere will bring the reader right back to the lawless Prohibition. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Jul 8, 2014 |
This book is not so much a nice read for the story which somehow moves like an old cruising car. What makes this book a nice read is Hammett's way with words where short staccato like sentences are followed by flowery language. ( )
  Black-Lilly | Feb 13, 2014 |
The only Hammett novel without a strong female lead. The romance is odd. But the gambling, cigar-chomping main man delivers some excellent tough-guy dialogue and action. The plot is less exciting than Hammet's other novels, and the villains are what carry you through. The villains are just as good as those in The Maltese Falcon and the Chief of Police in Red Harvest. ( )
  Algybama | Nov 23, 2013 |
If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be 'gritty'. This is one of those classic mysteries filled with corruption, vice, and shady dealings in smoke-filled rooms. The mystery itself was only so-so, but the characters were great - conflicted and perfectly slimy. My rating for the story itself would probably be higher - 4 stars. But, I listened to this in audio and the narrator had the bright honest voice of a boy scout. For me it was a disconnect to have that voice selected for a corrupt political plot of this story. ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
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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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