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The Glass Key

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2002

    Politics, Corruption and Murder

    Oddly laconic with some rather awkward turns of phrase (he did it "difficultly"?!!), the writing in this book is, nevertheless, nearly airtight and so sharply laid down that it carries and sets the mood beautifully in this strange tale of a political boss and his gambler buddy who are bent on winning their particular games of life. Paul Madvig, the boss, wants to win the upcoming elections and ensure continuation of his candidates in office while Ned Beaumont, the lone-wolf gambler, wants to get back on a winning streak, collect on a bad debt and protect his apparently dense friend Madvig who has stumbled into a situation. Madvig is in love with a senator's daughter and keen to win her hand and so has allowed his usual good judgement to become clouded. In shifting his political support to this senator, he has lost touch with his own less-than-respectable base, allowing a local gangster to muscle in on his territory. Intent on pushing the gangster back, he makes a dumb play and is soon sucked into a problem surrounding the unsolved murder of the senator's son. Who did it and why are the questions that lie at the core of Madvig's situation and only Beaumont is clever enough, and cares enough, to get to the bottom of it. Along the way Beaumont takes a bloody beating, participates in a murder and loses what he cares most for in all the world. Although the tale takes a while to get revved up and some of the transitions are so abrupt as to be jarring, this was not only a great "detective" story but one with real resonance that goes well beyond the genre in which it has been cast. Despite the roughness of some of the writing, this one is well worth your time. (By the way, it looks like the movie, Miller's Crossing, was a composite of this tale and Hammett's Red Harvest, another intriguing and somewhat amoral detective piece. But I liked the pure tale that Hammett told in this book best.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2001

    A Great underdog

    One of the best novel's Ive ever read. The movie miller's crossing is even more impressive I reccomend the book before the movie though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001


    The Glass Key does not get the respect that it deserves. It is a brilliant novel that combines murder and politics. The theme of the book is loyalty and friendship. The book is great. I promise that it will hold your attention, keep you guessing, and the ending will shock you.

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