The Dain Curse

The Dain Curse

The Glass Key ; and Selected Stories

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Random House, Inc.
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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.

Baker & Taylor
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."

Blackwell North Amer

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.



Baker
& Taylor

From the American inventor of hard-boiled crime fiction comes a riveting collection containing The Dain Curse featuring the author's tough, antihero detective, the Continental Op, and The Glass Key, as well as four linked stories--"The House in Turk Street," "The Girl with the Silver Eyes," "The Big Knockover," and "$106,000 Blood Money." 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
ISBN: 9780307266699
0307266699
Branch Call Number: FIC HAM
Characteristics: xxvii, 633 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ellroy, James 1948-

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