The Glass Key (2020)

The Glass Key Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward heeler who aspired to something better the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds Did he want her badly eno
  • Title: The Glass Key
  • Author: Dashiell Hammett
  • ISBN: 9780394717739
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Glass Key
    Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward heeler who aspired to something better the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds Did he want her badly enough to commit murder And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him Dashiell Hammett s tour de force of detectivePaul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward heeler who aspired to something better the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds Did he want her badly enough to commit murder And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him Dashiell Hammett s tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.
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    1. Believed to have been the victim of a hold up, Taylor Henry, 26, son of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, was found dead in China Street near the corner of Pamela Avenue at a few minutes after 10 o clock last night Chief of Police Frederick M Rainey immediately ordered a wholesale round up of all suspicious characters in the city and issued a statement to the effect that no stone will be left unturned in his effort to apprehend the murderer or murderers at once Published back in 1931 this political [...]

    2. If you ve never seen Miller s Crossing , I urge you to without the slightest hesitation do so now The Coen brothers gangster film is not quite up there with The Godfather or Goodfellas , but is a work of genius nevertheless It s a highly stylised tale of a town ruled by the mob and the relationship of the two men at the centre of it Both Gabriel Byrne and Albert Finney are superb indeed, there are no slouches in the entire cast , and the film is packed with fantastic moments which will remain fo [...]

    3. As many reviewers note, Hammett claimed this book was his favorite, and it s easy to see why Structurally it s the most cohesive of his five novels RED HARVEST is great but feels a little serial y, DAIN CURSE is four stories glommed together, and both MALTESE FALCON and THIN MAN have some rather gaping plot holes that you gotta asphalt over to get to the end But GLASS KEY feels coherent and cohesive and let s just add crisp to make an alliterative hat trick Maybe what s most interesting is the w [...]

    4. It s interesting to me that in terms of influence, Raymond Chandler seems to be cited by novelists Paul Auster, China Mi ville and Dashiell Hammett, by filmmakers the Coen Brothers, Rian Johnson Both the Coen Brother s Miller s Crossing and Rian Johnson s Brick were influenced by Hammett s writing and all three filmmakers specifically cite The Glass Key As part of my crime fiction spree, I had been planning to read the Maltese Falcon or the Thin Man because I ve seen both movies , but my librar [...]

    5. This is on The List Really I mean, I understand why The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man are on there, because they re great, but as far as I m concerned there was no reason to include this one as well Plainly put, it was dull and confusing It s political thriller than detective novel, so if that s your thing you might like this, but any sort of political intrigue drama generally bores me to death unless it s actually a historical political intrigue There were too many characters introduced too [...]

    6. Dashiell Hammett s heroes are probably best known for their sang froid Take Ned Beaumont of The Glass Key, for instance He will insert himself into any stramash even at the expense of getting himself beaten to a pulp and landing in the hospital And all is to help his politician friend Paul Madvig, who is running for office while trying to evade a number of highly sticky crimes.The messes in this novel multiply, until Beaumont finally finds out who killed the senator s hotheaded son and left his [...]

    7. I read this for the first time which dosent have the rep of Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon but i found it to be almost his best, great lead character in Ned Beaumont It is really a companion piece to Red Harvest because its also set in a small town ruled by corruption and political corruption instead of outright criminal gangs I like how matter factly Hammett explores a social ill like that one This time there is no tough PI looking to bring down the ciminals that own the city, the local law Ne [...]

    8. Free download available at Faded Page.A dark roman noir with some hints of political corruption, very close to the actual moment.4 The Thin Man5 The Maltese Falcon3 Nightmare Town4 Secret Agent X 94 Who Killed Bob Teal 3 Red Harvest3 The Glass Key4 Woman in the darkTR The Continental OpTR The Return of the Continental OpTR The Tenth ClewTR The Dain CurseTR The Big Knockover Selected Stories and Short Novels

    9. This was a re read And a relatively recent one at that Interestingly, I did almost a 180 degree turn on how I felt about the book in a little less than two years Legend has it that this was Hammett s favorite of the novels he wrote Now I can see why There s little doubt that Hammett not only set the stage, but really invented the hard boiled detective with The Continental Op and Sam Spade Yeah, John Carrol Daly was earlier But he was a dreadful writer And his work wasn t particularly influential [...]

    10. This murder mystery follows a gambler s attempt to clear the name of a hopelessly corrupt politician he s allied with, when said politician s accused of murdering the local senator s son I must say that I can definitely understand both why Hammett himself considered The Glass Key his masterpiece and why many modern day readers don t enjoy it as much as for example Red Harvest.One of the things I liked best might turn off other readers None of the characters are very admirable, most are frequentl [...]

    11. When are we getting those half stars, again I so wanted to give this 3 1 2 stars, simply on the strength of the noir prose These were the days when men wore hats, women called them louses, everyone drank and smoked all day and goons beat up patsies and called them pals later.This was extolled to me as one of Hammett s masterpieces, but I found a couple major flaws that I can t explain without issuing a SPOILER ALERT, so be forewarned.Our protagonist is Ned Beaumont, a jack of all trades working [...]

    12. I heard Mr Hammett claimed this was his favorite novel I have to believe that was a marketing technique of his, a way to direct sales traffic to this dribble Perhaps he had no editor, but after reading it, I wonder if he ever read his own draft before publication Then why did I round it up and give it 2 stars Well, he did write The Maltese Falcon, so I suppose I did so out of respect for that Plus he sold a lot of books than I have.There are too many examples of what I hated about this book, bu [...]

    13. I loved The Maltese Falcon but never wrote a GR review The Glass Key is my 2nd Hammett and it was pretty cool You re dropped into the middle of dialogue in some nameless city amidst its political and criminal elements, perched on the shoulder of Ned Beaumont, a keen mind in the real workings of dirty city politics He s definitely reminiscent of Sam Spade, but he s not a detective and not quite a lone wolf he s mostly a loyal partner to Paul Madvig, a somewhat mysterious figure, a bit like Nucky [...]

    14. Ned Beaumont, right hand man of corrupt kingmaker Paul Madvig, discovers the body of a senator s son Paul was backing the senator and loved his daughter, but there becomes reason to believe that he may have killed the son At first using the death to avenge himself against a bookie who skipped town, he then gets truly embroiled in finding the truth, especially after Paul s rival captures and beats Ned for information about the murder.This thriller doesn t have the long line of dead men that The D [...]

    15. If you like film noir, such as LA Confidential, you will definitely like The Glass Key From the moment you begin to read, you are set into the mindset of the 40s with a classic mob situation where the boss has bought off the police and the politicians The main character is gambler and racketeer Ned Beaumont, who discovers the body of a local senator s son whose father is tied to political boss Paul Madvig He is soon pulled into trying to direct the mounting evidence away from his boss but it see [...]

    16. A reread I used to think this book was the bee s knees I m less impressed with it now I don t care about the characters any and the plot feels thin, so it s down to enjoying the sparse style and quick action, which I did.

    17. A classic who done it with multiple motives and multiple suspects Good twists throughout the story Fun to see the development of the work written in the early 1900 s the crime solving and private eye work are so different from today.Good, quick read.

    18. So, I m not going to say, wow, this is the greatest noir novel I ve ever read It is written by the father of Noir Dashiell Hammett Mr Maltese Falcon, and Mr Thin Man It was a little difficult to get into it seemed to not want to commit to a story line at first and I was somewhat disappointed when I found out what the glass key was, none the less, I found myself getting drawn into this book obsessing over what the main character would find next Ned Beaumont who is always referred to by both names [...]

    19. I ve always been a huge fan of Dashiell Hammett s He is a true master of the hard boiled crime novel No other mystery crime author, besides perhaps Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler, has inspired so many future writers, readers and filmmakers Many of my favorite films have been based on and adapted from his works From Kurosawa sYojimboto Eastwood s and Leone sA Fistful of Dollars both based on Red Harvest , to Bogey sThe Maltese Falconand to one of the greatest film screen couplings, P [...]

    20. I regard this simply as Dashiell Hammett s greatest masterpiece If you like any of his other work, you ll love this I know a lot of other Hammett fans would place The Maltese Falcon above it, and it s close, but for me this is the richly satisfying read It s a complex plot, a interesting character study, and a better window into a larger slice of the underworld Hammett is most interested in It contains violence, but it isn t quite as unrelentingly brutal as Red Harvest And, while Bogart s Fal [...]

    21. I read this soon after reading Chandler s The Long Goodbye so comparing them was unavoidable I think the primary thing in favor of the Chandler book is that it was realistic This seemed a bit like a comic book Along with that, it seemed that the writing in The Glass Key was less sophisticated I think one place this stuck out was in the descriptions of what the characters are doing The Hammett writing is a lot basic in this regard The Chandler characters seem to operating in the real world an [...]

    22. A master study in pace, plot and atmosphere, slower than the breathtaking speed of Red Harvest, but conversely harder hitting Hammett brought together perfectly stranded threads into an intricately twisted tale that shakes out at exactly the right pace Though I find his habit of describing the features of each character in that bland, flat manner pointless it s no use telling me a man has hair of some normal colour like brown or blonde, or that he wears glasses and is medium height, I don t thin [...]

    23. finished this one today, an okay story, i liked it though a cast of characters at the get go would have been a plus, quite a cast, this one was as much a who is this as it was a whodunnit campaign time here, too, election coming up, this that the other reading along and it was not difficult to imagine an old black and white movie, guys in fedoras, dames in dresses, pearl necklaces, everyone smoking a cigarette or cigar heh it was hard to get a feel for the age of some of the characters adjective [...]

    24. I remember less about this book than many of Hammett s other ones But even though the specifics are a bit hazy, the memory of it being a really good read is not It s a very dark tale, darker than The Maltese Falcon or possibly any of the tales of The Continetal Op It digs into the seamiest side of corruption, politics and deviousness I ve read that Hammett considered it his best work and there is a mystery crime writer s award named after the book Time for me to read it again I think.

    25. I loved it I thought Hammett was amazing before, but the Glass Key just solidified it Definitely his tightest, most coherent novel The characters were sharp, the pacing was quick, the plot was Goldilocks No wonder the Coen brothers couldn t get enough.

    26. Perplexing Such a slow and serpentine plot The characters are even richer than Maltese, Ned is a ambiguous character then Spade who, himself, is one of a kind.

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