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Literary Masterpieces, Volume 3 by Richard Layman
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Oct 05, 2008

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Eh, I think this is an example of a good plot with a relatively strained writing style. Too many simple sentences were strung together with a great deal of essentially superfluous description. Oddly, the last third or so of the book was basically nearly no action but a great deal of sitting around and talking. While it was an excellent mystery, the general style of the book bothered me, and Spade eventually comes off as something of a massive jerk (though I'm pretty sure he could qualify as a James Bond prototype in many ways).

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