Re: RARA-AVIS: two questions

William Denton (
Fri, 27 Aug 1999 23:10:44 -0400 (EDT)

On 27 August 1999, wrote:

: 2) I recently Red Harvest, somewhere in there, the protagonist uses
: the words "burning Fatimas" to refer to smoking. Does this refer to a
: specific brand of cigarette now defunct, or is it just slang?

Yes. A quick search on "fatima cigarette" at a search engine turned up this, in connection with an on-line auction:

: What in the wide, wide world of sports is the name of the main
: character in Red Harvest and The Dain Curse?

How did Hammett refer to him?


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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