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The Dain Curse/The Glass Key/Selected Stories

by Dashiell Hammett

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This Hammett collection contains two novels, and four short stories, of which 'The Big Knockover' is easily the best.

Dain Curse : The Dain Curse - Dashiell Hammett
Dain Curse : The Glass Key - Dashiell Hammett
Dain Curse : The House in Turk Street - Dashiell Hammett
Dain Curse : The Girl with the Silver Eyes - Dashiell Hammett
Dain Curse : The Big Knockover - Dashiell Hammett
Dain Curse : $106000 Blood Money - Dashiell Hammett

This novel is a bit of a mess, with a story wandering in and around, to San Francisco and back, with a dodgy cult, family history, drugs, murder, and more.

You'd think all that could be made fairly interesting--but not if your plot is all over the shop, like in the case of this novel.

2.5 out of 5

One long stumbling sequence as a political operative ends up in a situation between his boss, a senator, his daughter, the murdered senator's son, and the odd heavy that likes to bounce him around the place.

Oh, and also his mum. Plus his bookie owes him money.

This novel is ok, I'd probably call it around a 3.25, though.

3.5 out of 5

Chaired Op.

3 out of 5

Cheque scam kill.

3 out of 5

Colorful gangster cull setup.

4 out of 5

Removing Papadopoulos.

3.5 out of 5

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2009/03/dain-curse-glass-key-and-selected.html ( )
  bluetyson | Mar 7, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307266699, Hardcover)

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One of the most popular American writers of the twentieth century, Dashiell Hammett gave us crime fiction stripped down to its most subtle and searing essentials and, at the same time, elevated to literature. The diamond-sharp prose and artfully manipulated intrigue for which he is known are on full display in the four classic short stories and two riveting novels published here in one volume.

The Continental Op, Hammett’s anonymous antihero, was the indelible prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. Single-minded, emotionally detached, and decidedly unglamorous, he narrates the four linked stories collected here—“The House in Turk Street,” “The Girl with the Silver Eyes,” “The Big Knockover,” and “$106,000 Blood Money.” In THE DAIN CURSE, the Continental Op takes on his most bizarre case, that of a wealthy young woman who appears to be the victim of a deadly family curse. And THE GLASS KEY—Hammett’s own favorite among his works—features his most cynical and morally ambiguous hero, Ned Beaumont, caught in a hard-boiled love triangle.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:06 -0400)

A compilation of works by one of the most popular writers of American, hard-boiled crime fiction features the tough, antihero detective, the Continental Op, who narrates four linked stories and the novel, "The Dain Curse."

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