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The Continental Op, the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives, unravels a murder with too many clues and ...
The Continental Op, the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives, unravels a murder with too many clues and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman in these stories.
Posted June 10, 2010
Continental Op is a collection of short stories about an unnamed, unappreciated private detective who set many of the patterns for which American detective stories of the "hard boiled" school became famous. The stories are crisp and taut and don't really seem dated.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2009
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As a fan of the Crime Noir Movies I sought to find the inspiriation for those great characters and dialogue. I was pleasantly surprised to find the dialogue I loved so much in those classic films was directly influenced by the wrirters of the original novels. I found this novel as comforting and enjoyable as sitting to watch those old films. With the added benefit of my imagination playing out the story in glorious black and white.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The stories are written with precision but never drabness. They have such a rich depth to them that it keeps the reader's interest occupied. The dialogue is plain with vernacular from the 20's and true to life.
You feel like you're in the same room, car, or street corner listening to the character's conversations. The descriptions of people, places, and things are so vivid yet compact. You can see it all in your mind and the plot hooks you and suddenly you're caught up and can't put the book down. I loved this book because of the short stories that allowed me to put the book down once and a while!