Other than Nick Charles in The Thin Man , Hammett's protagonists have never been particularly successful romantically. "Brazil," in this story, iswith mixed results. Luise Fischer stumbles into Brazil's remote country house in the middle of the night, running away from her boyfriend, Kane Robson, and his bodyguard, Conroy, who arrive on her heels. In the fracas that ensues when she refuses to leave with them, they kill her great Dane. Brazil beats them up, leaving Conroy seriously injured. Brazil and Luise flee to Brazil's friends in the city, where the police find them, shoot Brazil as he escapes and arrest Luise on trumped-up charges. Out on bail, she discovers that Brazil is at a sanatoriumrun by a friend of Robson's. She goes back to Robson; the man she loves is under his power. First published in Liberty magazine in 1933 and issued as a pulp paperback in the 1950s, the novella is short enough to read in an hour. There are a few vintage Hammett lines, but they are overwhelmed by stilted dialogue; this slight effort has none of the power of The Maltese Falcon or The Glass Key . Robert B. Parker has written an introduction, billed as an "appreciation." 25,000 first printing; BOMC dual main selection; QPBC selection.
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A young, frightened, foreign woman appears at the door of an isolated house. The man and woman inside take her in. Other strangers appear in pursuit of the girl. Menace is in the air.
Originally published in 1933, Hammett's Woman in the Dark shows the author at the peak of his narrative powers. With an introduction by Robert B. Parker, the author of the celebrated Spenser novels.
So very odd for Hammett that it didn't seem to be a complete story. The end was ludicrously cliche.Published 2 months ago by jimsecor
I don't love all of it--one or two of them are not to my taste--but I ran across this title in a book of Hammett's that I bought for a friend. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark
An expectedly great novella from Hammett--so good I didn't realize until the last scene that I had recently seen the movie version ("Woman in the Shadows"). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laeki&Ryszko
This is a short novel of just 3 Chapters. Unlike other Hammett novels with multiple twists to the plot this pretty much a straight line story. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jim
After too long an interval, Dashiell Hammett is back to being one of the flavors of the month, with not just his novels and pulp stories back in print, but also his early work... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ralph E. Vaughan
Seemed like watching a film noir as I was reading. Liked the story a lot; like all of Hammett's stuff a lot. I am disappointed in the very short length of this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rosanne Carrero