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

From: James Rogers (
Date: 14 Sep 2000

-----Original Message----- From: brooks hefner <> To: <> Date: Thursday, September 14, 2000 8:03 AM Subject: RARA-AVIS: The Dain Curse-why the bad rap?

>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?

       I think it is the least well-constructed, based on the episodic quality that you note. But it is not half as pulpy as _Red Harvest_. And it does have some good moments. I always feel that _Thin Man_, while not the best book either, gets a worse rap than it deserves.


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