The Glass Key

The Glass Key. Dashiell Hammett.
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
"It's a predator's vision of the American jungle, and a book with a deep and troubled love for America..."
The Glass Key

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First American edition. A presentable copy of Hammett's fourth novel. Book Very Good + with the spine a bit toned and some spotting to the rear board; extremities a bit rubbed. Otherwise, internal contents are in excellent condition. Lacking the dust jacket.

The Glass Key follows a gambler, Ned Beaumont, who gets in over his head when he becomes involved in a murder investigation. It is considered by many to Hammett’s best work. It was a major influence on the hard boiled genre from one of its greatest practitioners. The book was adapted into a radioplay starring Orson Welles in addition to a well reviewed 1942 film with Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, and Brian Donlevy. Writing in The Guardian, author James Ellroy said of the book: “The Glass Key is Hammett's last great work of fiction. It's a model of economical storytelling. It's sombre and invigorating in equal measure. It's a predator's vision of the American jungle, and a book with a deep and troubled love for America - this huckster's paradise - itself. Hammett was the great poet of the great American collision - personal honour and corruption, opportunity and fatality.”
Very Good + (Item #3083)

Price: $500