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A blue sedan came out of a cross-street a split second before we got there.

As a sane man who, by pretending to be a lunatic, had done as he pleased and escaped punishment, he had a joke—if you wanted to call it that—on the world. He turned absolutely white, and she thought he was going to fall down, he shook that bad.

Knowing the sort of things that interested him, I wondered what had happened. Don’t try to be subtle with me, my son; that’s not your style at all.

The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett (1929)

He knocked it aside, holding the wheel with one hand, stretching the other out to block me if I tried again. In The Dain Curse, the Op’s racism is just taken for granted, and the vulgarity and violence of its expression as when he instructs another operative to rough up “the mulatto” in order to scare her is just supposed to be part of what makes him hardboiled. Edit Did You Know? You may do whatever you like with this book, but mostly we hope you will read it.

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While authors should never be judged by the successes of adaptations of their work in other media, it’s not surprising The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man were huge cinematic successes as were The Glass Key and Red Harvest in their stealth adaptations as Miller’s Crossing and Yojimbo: She was dressed in black, black clothes that covered her from chin and ear-lobes to within less than an inch of the floor.


I wrestled my eyes open, standing there on legs that weren’t part of me, stupidly wondering why I didn’t go to bed.

The story is about a dainn who is called in to solve the case of missing diamonds. This book is in the public domain in Canada, and is made available to you DRM-free.

The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett, from Project Gutenberg Canada

George from Chicago says: People helped us up. He wrote this statement, shouldering your crimes.

So Andrews had phoned the Old Man, offered him a high enough rate to justify pulling me off another job, and there I was. King of the bootleggers?

Even her mouth, which was a mouth to talk about, looked not so much like flesh as like a too perfect imitation of flesh, softer and redder and maybe warmer than genuine flesh, dashiepl not genuine flesh. When I arrived at the agency at nine the next morning, Eric Collinson was sitting in the reception room. Leggett returned with her daughter, a girl of twenty or less in a sleeveless white silk dress. It was known that he and I were intimate, that he wanted his freedom from Lily; and he was at the door of Lily’s bedroom when the shot was fired.


hamett I was tempted to call her, but didn’t. When she heard of his escape, she came to America and set about finding him. I got out from under the blanket, and out of my chairs, moving awkwardly, my muscles stubborn. The Temple Ten days later the Op is called off another job by the family lawyer who is uneasy that Gabrielle dzshiell insisted on going to stay at the San Fran headquarters of a religious sect.


Why should she be anything but quiet? Refresh and try again. I passed on to them the information about Upton that O’Gar had received from New York and told them I had wired for more dope on Ruppert. The concluding chapters of the novel contain a detailed description of how the Op weans her from her drug habit, and the novel ends on a hopeful note.

Your husband’s letter sounded enough like a suicide letter to pass for one, you thought; so you murdered him–murdered him because you thought his confession and death would hush up the whole business, keep us from poking into it any further. However, note that many search engines truncate at a much shorter size, about characters. There was nothing about its exterior to show that it wasn’t still that. The consensus at the end was to believe Owen Fitzstephan who said it was Alice, but the Continental Op had his doubts as there was no hard evidence of that but left it as it had put everyone’s especially Gabrielle’s mind at rest.

Or is the truth about her weirder and infinitely more dangerous? Was there a real curse? The only reason I did not give book 5 stars was a slowdown at the end.