Tag Archives: Dashiell Hammett

Best Offences: My favourite crime reads of 2016

Well, it’s been a pretty rubbish year, what with the whole geopolitical situation and fewer five-star reads than any year since my records began. Still, there were a few high points and I’dd unreservedly recommend the following titles… Francis Iles: Malice … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest

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‘Your fat chief of police tried to assassinate me last night. I don’t like that. I’m just mean enough to want to ruin him for it. Now I’m going to have my fun. I’ve got ten thousand dollars of your money to … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon

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The tappity-tap-tap and the thin bell and muffled whir of Effie Perine’s typewriting came through the closed door. Somewhere in a neighboring office a power-driven machine vibrated dully. On Spade’s desk a limp cigarette smoldered in a brass tray filled … Continue reading

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‘The more I read of the Golden Age’ #1934book results

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Every month on Past Offences, as part of the Crimes of the Century strand, we review books and movies from a particular year. Appropriately for a month which saw the first (hopefully) Bodies from the Library conference, we have been … Continue reading

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Just the Facts: Julian Symons’ Bloody Murder

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Bloody Murder – From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel: A History Julian Symons First published in the UK Faber and Faber Ltd, 1972 This edition 1975, Penguin ISBN: 0140037942 270 pages I continue my occasional series on non-fiction books … Continue reading

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Murder in the Library

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Earlier in the week I took advantage of being in London for work and visited the British Library’s Murder in the Library, an A-Z of Crime Fiction. This is a lovely little exhibition of crime books and ephemera that takes … Continue reading

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Book report for October 2012

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This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise. I read: Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key Phil Rickman: The Heresy of Dr Dee Alan Hunter: Gently with the Ladies Nicholas Blake: The Beast … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key

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The Glass Key Dashiell Hammett First published in the UK 1931, Alfred K. Knopf, Inc. This edition 2001, Orion Books ISBN: 0752851330 212 pages Score 5/5 I picked this up on a shopping spree on Norwich market (Ellis Books again). … Continue reading

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