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A few quick book reviews

Part of the reason why this place has been so quiet lately is that I’ve been working a lot – and reading a lot, too. Here’s three quick reviews of some stuff I’ve recently enjoyed – an

The Big Knockover: Selected Stories and Short NovelsThe Big Knockover: Selected Stories and Short Novels by Dashiell Hammett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Big Knockover is something of an odds-and-ends collection of Hammett’s short fiction. Most of it is filled with stories about The Continental Op, basically the first hard-boiled detective, and as a whole they’re pretty good. Some of the tales – Dead Yellow Women and the title story in particular – stand out and really pack a punch. And like a wise man one said about pizza or Eric Clapton’s guitar playing, even when an Op story isn’t at it’s best, it’s still pretty good. Continue reading ‘A few quick book reviews’