Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Dain Curse the Glass Key and Selected Stories - Dashiell Hammett

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

3 out of 5

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