Oct 13, 11
Read in September, 2011
I read this in college about ten years ago, and couldn't remember any details about it other than it being my favorite Hammett novel. It still is. The characters are well drawn, the narrator's motives have just the right amount of ambiguity, and Hammett continues his astonishing ability to convey vivid impressions of places and people with a stark economy of words. Sidenote: I'm also still fascinated by how strongly Miller's Crossing feels like a direct – and faithful - adaptation of this book even though to my knowledge it claims no affiliation to the work, and the plots vary from one another significantly.