I read this book about 18-Jul-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1933. This note was last modified Tuesday, 20-Jul-2004 17:53:46 PDT.
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Hammett seems to be fun, so I'll keep on reading him for a bit.
I've got vague nibbles of memory that I've actually read these last three or four before, but I can't remember specifically enough. I'm leaving the flag set at "no", but who really knows?
This is a nicely complex mystery, with a nicely dry and remote main character, with a nicely intelligent and compatible wife. Lots of nice things about it. I admire the various ruses to maintain the appearance of the first murder victim being alive for a while after his death. And there's a definite inevitability about the schemes unwinding; too many people know.