Everything about the Leggett diamond heist indicated to the Continental Op that it was an inside job From the stray diamond found in the yard to the eyewitness accounts of a strange man casing the house, everything was just too pat Gabrielle Dain Leggett has enough secrets to fill a closet, and when she disappears shortly after the robbery, she becomes the Op s prime sEverything about the Leggett diamond heist indicated to the Continental Op that it was an inside job From the stray diamond found in the yard to the eyewitness accounts of a strange man casing the house, everything was just too pat Gabrielle Dain Leggett has enough secrets to fill a closet, and when she disappears shortly after the robbery, she becomes the Op s prime suspect But her father, Edgar Leggett, keeps some strange company himself and has a dark side the moon would envy Before he can solve the riddle of the diamond theft, the Continental Op must first solve the mystery of this strange family.
The Dain Curse Everything about the Leggett diamond heist indicated to the Continental Op that it was an inside job From the stray diamond found in the yard to the eyewitness accounts of a strange man casing the hou
The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett, father of the modern crime novel, is not only an action packed tale of misdeeds and murder, but a study of 1920s American culture and society Within the novel s pages, here is a sampling of what a reader will encounter First Person Hard Boiled NarratorThe unnamed Continental Op detective tells the tale in crisp, exacting language as he describes the people and places and situations he encounters For example, here is an account of his first time meeting a scien [...]
Here s a better look at the 1966 Penguin mass market paperback I have Sets a totally different tone compared to other editions I ve seen.
Towards the end of The Dain Curse, a female character tells the Continental Op affectionately that he is a monster A nice one, an especially nice one to have around when you re in trouble, but a monster just the same, without any human foolishness like love in him While in fact he may have a bit human foolishness than she gives him credit for, this does sum up the essence of Hammett s anti hero Unlike the romantic chess playing Marlowe and even keeled Archer who d follow him, the Continental Op [...]
The best books dissolve in your hands You get so caught up in them you don t recall moving your eyes over the lines of print or turning the pages When a good read is open you re a thousand miles away and a hundred years ago Unfortunately, The Dain Curse 1929 isn t that type of read You never forget it s a book because of how it bounces when you throw it against the wall.It starts off like dozens of other mysteries a home is broken into and some diamonds go missing The Continental Op is called in [...]
Hammett s first stab at crime fiction as literature possibly the first ever , the last appearance of the Continental Op and the most misunderstood of his novels While every other Op tale was a straight ahead tough guy detective story, this book is an elaborate satire of three things 1 the English tea cozy mystery novel, where at the climax everyone all the characters are gathered in the parlor while the detective explains what happens, 2 the weird menace horror stories like Lovecraft s that were [...]
Really, I d give it a 3.8, but only because I ve read some of Hammett s later works and know the genius he s capable of I won t go into plot if that s what you want, then click here , but I will say that here s something very positive to be said about these old novels this one was written in 1928 and still has a lot of power to entertain The Dain Curse first made its appearance in Black Mask magazine as a serial released between October 1928 and January 1929 it was his second Continental Op stor [...]
Thank you, Hammett There s now no longer any doubt in my mind that this man was a master of detective fiction Gabrielle Leggett is an endearing character who originally I thought was just another femme fatale who has a strong taste for morphine and cults but this is only on the surface After about 70 pages I thought I had everything figured out and that this long and tangled crime thriller was simple and direct not so The Continental Op is a tough detective and no sentimental sap he is a charact [...]
When I tried to read this in my mid twenties, I decided I didn t like it, and stopped When I read it at, like, thirty one, I thought I really loved it I was going through a Continental Op hysteria hey, he s short, fat, forty and nameless dreamy but, truly, the pulp hero s humble unattractiveness charms me This time, I didn t love it so much The Dain Curse was serialized in Black Mask in 1928 29, and I guess it s obvious Part One and Part Two are just okay and, oh yeah, horribly racist, egregious [...]
This book suffers by comparison to Hammett s other novels The plot goes on and on like a shaggy dog joke First it s a ghost story, then a detective mystery, then it s a running gag This is a short novel, but it took me longer to read than anything Hammett has written, just because I kept losing interest because the detective kept losing interest as well None of the mysteries are really connected except by one woman, who in the end has nothing to do with the crimes going on around her The basic p [...]
The last three books I reviewed were a little heavy on the brain so I decided to read something purely for fun Fun for me is old school noir The genre is fascinating because the writing in some cases is both masterful and cheesy The masterpiece of cheese I picked up was The Dain Curse by the granddaddy of hardboiled crime, Dashiell Hammett The story is about a detective who is called in to solve the case of missing diamonds It starts off pretty slow and I m expecting a straightforward detective [...]
I didn t understand this book It was bizarre enough to keep me reading but it never seemed like a sequential story It seemed like a series of scenarios with plausible or outlandish conclusions that just kept switching like a series of slides on a slide projector The author may be the best of the tough school of crime writing but I am not interested in reading him again.
The Dain Curse is perhaps as close to a postmodernist detective story as Dashiell Hammett wrote The story is fabulously contrived in a manner that could only be the work of a writer, and indeed the book s two central male characters are a detective and an author, the two professions that Hammett himself had adopted.In fact when one stops to think about it, there are certain parallels between the author and the detective, especially in a crime novel Both are working to find a pattern of unity and [...]
Re read this after many years to specifically re visit Hammett s storytelling structure, which as far as I know is still relatively unique the Continental Op is called in at the beginning of the book to solve a minor diamond theft.He does so a quarter of the way through, there s a bloody denouement, and everything seems to resolved But The Op complains there are some unresolved questions and in the next chapter, he s hired again to investigate something gone afoul for the same family And again, [...]
This is a great hard boiled story I really enjoyed the read the Continental Op deals with a true femme fatale here, and it is classic hard boiled Purists will no doubt continue to assert that Hammett is the master of the sub genre, but I will continue to disagree I find Chandler and Macdonald pithy and succinct By comparison, sections of this novel were a little wordy Nonetheless, a great read, and it is always fascinating to go back to the originator of the hard boiled sub genre Reading this o [...]
The Dain Curse is my second excursion with the Continental Op I read Red Harvest about a year ago and really enjoyed it In Red Harvest, the Op is battling gangsters in a mess of a town Part of me expected the same sort of thing from the Dain Curse While there were similar gangster like elements, the overall plot structure was fairly different.The Dain Curse plot is, at its heart, what you might expect from a robbery murder mystery story It involves a lot of intrigue, misdirection, suspense, etc [...]
In this Continental Op adventure told in three connected but easily digestible parts the Op is hired by an insurance company to look into stolen diamonds The theft turns out to be an inside job, and the Op uncovers a sordid family history, a past of murder and betrayal that devolves upon the hapless daughter She is abducted by a murderous cult who use gas and illusions to bend people to their will, but no sooner is she rescued by the Op than her husband is killed on their honeymoon.It s hard bo [...]
Una posible maldici n es el hilo conductor de una novela que es ciertamente curiosa en su concepci n tres partes diferenciadas en tres escenarios distintos y delirantes de gran encanto pulp que demuestran, una vez m s, la capacidad del genio para crear tramas enrevesadas y dar posibles soluciones distintas en cada uno de las partes Lees a Hammett, lees a algunos autores contempor neos y se te cae el alma a los pies
Continental Op has been an operative who have excelled in operating in the grayer areas of human psyche But, even after taking his experiences in such areas aspects into account, this was one of the most convoluted mysteries that I had ever read Later, such apparently disconnected disparate mysteries would gel together into forming one jaw dropping mystery in the hands of another master, Ross MacDonald But this novel IS difficult, but classic read Recommended.
Forgot to mark this as finished I love everything the Continental Op does, but I must admit this one had me guessing Every time I thought he had it wrapped up it turned out there was anotherist Chapter I don t even know what to call it Strange book, but much love as always for his writing.
The Dain Curse is a story that stands up as a classic even after 90 years The dialog is fresh sounding Yes, there are turns of phrase and slang that have aged, but in the main the story is as strong today as it must have been nearly 90 years ago.It is a story that starts with a simple robbery of some practically worthless diamonds, but it isn t long before it s known that the so called robbery was an inside job, covering up for what appears to be a drug habit of a young 20 year old girl, Gabriel [...]
This book is a mess Just when I thought I had reached the end of the mystery Dashiell Hammett kicked off another crazy story arc with a flashback to psychological child abuse and a daring prison escape or a flash forward to a profit based San Francisco religious cult or an eloping morphine addict Too much He sure broke a lot of new ground, though.
This is not the most convincing Hammett story, the plot structure is not what you expect of him but The Continental Op s thoughts, mindset, the way he works like a police detective chasing information, doing mostly legwork is Hammett at his most natural style of writing PI stories The character is a gem fascinating than masterwork novels.I enjoyed this very much, its real flaw is that it s not The Red Harvest, not that great, brilliance of prose style, story but most crime novels are weak in c [...]
This is where it all starts, the hard boiled, nameless op I found it interesting that he was emotionally stoic and fascinating that the times were as racist as Hammett portrayed.
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This is the second work by Hammett that I have read after Red Harvest which I will review later , and, like the first, was excellent Reading Hammett has been my first experience with the hardboiled narration style, which I have really enjoyed so far The story revolves around a supposed family curse which causes most of the family and friends around a character named Gabriella to be murdered Of course, being the good detective he is, the Continental Op knows that it is not supernatural, and sets [...]
The Continental Op returns in this lesser known Dashiell Hammett mystery This time, rather than pitting rival gangs against each other in upstate mining towns he s trying to unravel the mystery of the Dain Curse Gabrielle Leggett has a problem everyone close to her keeps turning up dead It s up to the Op to convince her that she s not a victim of some trans generational blood curse but actual flesh and blood chicanery Along the way he ll spar with ghosts, get sucked into a good old fashioned Cal [...]
When I first picked up this book, I wasn t sure how I would respond to it My sister recommended it to me, so I thought I d give it a shot, but to be honest at first I was a little skeptical However, I was surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed The Dain Curse I liked the old school mystery novel feel, and it made me feel like I was watching an old movie while I read it The only problems I had with the novel were that at times it seemed like there were too many characters, and I kept get [...]
I really enjoyed this book It started like a typical pulp detective story, there were some stolen diamonds and a detective called in to find them Then it went off in a completely original and interesting direction, there was murder and young woman who was a morphine addict Part 2 took place in a cult, where people were having drug induced hallucinations and there was attempted human sacrifice Part 3 was a hunt for the missing woman, and then a nice detailed piece about her quitting the morphine [...]
I think Dashiell Hammett made this novel into a type of literary impossible bottle I admire his work, and generally followed the puzzled steps, but at the end just think he went a strata too deep Don t get me wrong, I DO love Hammett and liked this book a lot It just isn t in the same class as Red Harvest, The Thin Man or The Maltese Falcon.
There is a chronology of Hammett s life at the end of the Library of America edition, and after about 1920 a lot of the entries end with Drinking heavily After reading the Dain Curse that s not hard to believe There are some four star lines in this Continental Op story, even a few five star zingers, but with over 40 characters and a plot that spins in circles it s not an easy book to love But the Op is still the Op, even when Hammett is taking his readers on a maddeningly pixelated trip to the l [...]