RARA-AVIS: The Dain Curse-why the bad rap?

From: brooks hefner ( brookshefner@hotmail.com)
Date: 14 Sep 2000

i've heard Hammett's _The Dain Curse_ referred to as his worst novel, his most pulpy, and least well-constructed. how does everyone here feel about it? granted, it doesn't quite stack up to _Red Harvest_, but all in all it isn't so bad. it wanders, played out in episodes, but perhaps with a larger purpose? any ideas out there?
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