he United States might be a better country if everyone in it were forced to declare himself either a Jeffersonian or a Hamiltonian, and then read the life and works of the man he or she did not declare for.
2) The Hunter and Other Stories
, the new collection of previously unpublished and uncollected work by Dashiell Hammett, highlights at least two aspects of Hammett's crime writing (though not all its selections are crime): the hard-boiled side, and the side that marvels at the inexplicable things that some men do (or, to cite two examples of the first tendency and one of the second, The Glass Key
, the end of "The Gutting of Couffignal," the "Flitcraft Parable"
from The Maltese Falcon
.) Readers wary of rediscovered and other "lost" material can rest assured that these stories are nothing like Metterling's laundry lists
Each of the book's four sections ("Crime," "Men," "Men and Women," and "Screen Stories") includes an introduction of its own, which means the reader gets a good, well-rounded picture of what Hammett was up to as a writer. The book also includes a fragment from a Sam Spade story, and the e-book version includes additional fragments.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013
Labels: Alexander Hamilton, Dashiell Hammett, The Hunter and Other Stories, Thomas Jefferson