In a message dated 1/10/09 6:31:25 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> > As far as I can tell, however, no Hammett character appears in more than
> one book, so while a
> > chronological reading might shed light on Hammett's development as a
> writer, there wouldn't
> > seem to be any narrative aspect lost if read out of publication order.
> With Hammett it matters not that you read them in order, but with Chandler
> you definitely see an improvement with each novel in his ability to tell a
> story. To be honest, it's difficult to follow The Big Sleep at times, as are
> some of his early short stories.. But each novel is better than the previous.
The Continental Op is the protagonist of Red Harvest and The Dain Curse
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