Re: RARA-AVIS: Continental Op

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 24 Sep 2009

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    Have you read "The Big Knockover" yet? Put together with "$106,000 Blood Money," it makes another "novel," since both are long shorts, practically novella-length.

    Speaking as a long-time fan of Hammett's work, I think that I prefer the Op in short stories. "Dead Yellow Women," "The House on Turk Street," "The Girl With the Silver Eyes," and my favorite of his shorts, "The Scorched Face" all really worked well with the Op in them. Much better than THE DAIN CURSE turned out.



    On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:31 PM, davezeltserman

    > Like Mario I've been rereading the Continental Op stories of late, and it's
    > just great stuff, $106,000 Blood Money in particular. Unlike Big Flora,
    > first time around I missed the full extent of what the Op sets up at the
    > end, and for hardboiled fiction it's about as ruthless and cynical as it
    > gets.
    > --Dave

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