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

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 14 Sep 2000

It's been a long, long time since I've read it, but I'd agree that The Dain Curse in Hammett's worst novel (the only one I haven't read more than once), but that doesn't make it bad. Far from it. You pretty much described it -- episodic, pulpier than his usual, but it still had the Continental Op and Hammett's great voice. Hammett's worst is still better than many writers' best.


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