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Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett’s tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett - author of The Maltese Falcon - virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel.
©1931 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Copyright © renewed 1958 by Dashiell Hammett. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGo
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5 out of 5 stars
By Darwin8u on 05-16-12

Pacing Quick & Plot was Goldilocks

I loved it. I thought Hammett was amazing before, but the Glass Key just solidified it. Definitely his tightest, most coherent novel. The characters were sharp, the pacing was quick, the plot was Goldilocks. No wonder the Coen brothers couldn't get enough.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joshua on 06-16-13

Not Hammett's best book, but well read.

Where does The Glass Key rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the middle.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked Hammett's prose, the noir atmosphere, and the portrait he painted of a 1920's political machine.

I didn't particularly like the ending, which I can't explain without giving it away, or the pacing, which lags for a bit in the early-middle.

All in all, The Glass Key isn't Hammett's best, but it's still more than listen-able.

What does Stephen R. Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can't think of anything special that Mr. Thorne brought to the reading, but he was perfectly competent. He did everything that I would expect an audiobook reader to do, and I would have no problem listening to him again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's not really a book that induces great emotion.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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