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Complete Novels by Dashiell Hammett
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Any of these books make a good read, but they aren't fine literature in the sense that Raymond Chandler is fine literature. Hammett's first psychological novel, "The Dain Curse," is over thought, but compelling, while his second attempt, "The Thin Man," falls all over itself and the random tawdriness of the protagonists distracts from the plot at large. Lots of red herrings, none of which are remotely compelling. Hammett's Sam Spade has half the soul of Chandler's Marlowe and a quarter the soul of Hammett's own heartless, nameless Trans-Continental Detective Agency operative starring in the majority of his short stories.

Hammett's take on sex is not for the faint of heart, for the record, it's hardboiled, soulless, and sometimes stomach churning for something that never occurs "on page."
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Srinivas Veeraraghavan Chandler writes a mean book but Hammett's cynical & noxious world view is accentuated by pithy, staccato sentences that breathe intensity. Unlike Chandler (Whom I admire greatly I might add), Hammett's prose is never marked by incongruous capriciousness.

And his 'Red Harvest' is the grand daddy of 'em all.


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