Dashiell Hammett


Excellent introduction into the "hard boiled" school of American fiction. "Red Harvest" is a particular favorite of mine. A couple of films have borrowed from the book but a definitive cinematic version has yet to be made. In the first half of the 1970's director Bernado Bertolucci (following "Last Tango In Paris") was linked to a production, and rumor had Jack Nicholson (post-"Chinatown") interested in the lead. Alas, nothing came of any of this. Regardless, you can't go wrong with any of the novels or short stories readily available.

>>By Persevere   (Friday, 26 Sep 2003 21:33)

Dec 23 2003

I've just re-read Hammett's novel, "The Glass Key."

There are two things about it that I don't understand. First, what is the point in the dream that Senator' Henry's daughter has about opening a door and being overwhelmed by slithering snakes.

Second, why is Ned Beaumont staring fixedly at the open door at the end of the novel.


>>By Bryce   (Wednesday, 24 Dec 2003 07:59)

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