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Nightmare Town

In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unraveling the dark mystery at its heart. In another, the young writer falls for a girl-crook, with unexpected results!

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Dec 12, Mark is currently reading it Shelves: That is it was easy until multiple murders took place. This mystery can be qualified as a “closed room mystery”. My library happened to have the book.

Feb 06, Tom rated it liked it Shelves: I didn’t recall ever hearing these towns before. A selection of rarities by one of the foundational creators of the hard-boiled mystery genre, including a handful of stories featuring Sam Spade which I had never read.

My suite’s ambience wasn’t aided by the bare-bulb ceiling fixture, so I switched that off and went back to the coma I had been missing since the train. The stories vary wildly in tone and theme: There is a shoot-out and Rymer is shot. In seven stories, the vashiell and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of nightmmare deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shown his uncanny ability to get at the truth.


While you still get an amazing feel of each case, as if you where a witness on the side of the road, it many of these shorter stories there’s just a little too much detail.

He sashiell writing short stories based on his detective work for pulp fiction magazines. It was a necessary train ride, off the eastcoast grid to the center of the rust belt. New fabric protective mats every trip on the shoulders of the seats. A guy ended up in a town that can give Personville aka Poisonville from Red Harvest a good run for the money when it comes to corruption.

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Aug 15, Nev March rated it liked it Recommends it for: At first they played fair with the East Coast syndicate, gave them their cut, but then they became greedy and began to lure people to the town for work, killed them to order, gave them fake names with fake insurance policies and now they plan to set fire to the town and collect on the fake insurance. No trivia or quizzes yet. Read it Forward Read it first. Nightmare Town is a great book because it gives lowbrow subject matter a literary-grade treatment.


Nightmare Town: Stories

The Continental Op to the rescue! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying. Larry is sitting hammstt his car outside the hotel.

Sam Spade is hired by a rich guy to find out what happened to the husband of a woman he was in love with. May 27, Evgeny rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?

The unfinished first draft of The Thin Man, minus Nick and Nora Charles, is closer to a Continental Op story and not very satisfying, at least in dashiiell form in which Hammett left it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Now I’ve got to get a copy of that book and see how the three versions including the pretty much flawless movie compare and how the story ends!

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