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The Dain Curse

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781409138051

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 2nd February 2012

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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‘Not just the first of the tough school of crime-writing but the best’ THE TIMES

Miss Gabriel Dain Leggett is young and wealthy, with a penchant for morphine and religious cults. She also has an unfortunate effect on the people around her. They die – violently.

Is she the victim of a family curse? The short, squat, utterly unsentimental Continental Op, the best private detective around, has his doubts and finds himself confronting something infinitely more dangerous.

This is the Continental Op’s most bizarre case and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.

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Great crime fiction started with Hammett
James Ellroy
He is master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer
His name remains one of the most important and recognisable in the crime fiction genre. Hammett set the standard for much of the work that would follow
One of the foremost practitioners of the hard-boiled detective story
Hammett's prose is clean and entirely unique. His characters are as sharp and economically defined as any in American literature
Not just the first of the tough school of crime-writing but the best
He put these people down on paper as they are, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used
Raymond Chandler
The dean of the school of hard-boiled fiction