Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Dain Curse
Dashiell Hammett

£9.99

Miss Gabriel Dain Leggett is young and wealthy, with a penchant for morphine and religious cults. She also has an unfortunate effect on the people around her. They die – violently. Is she the victim of a family curse? The short, squat, utterly unsentimental Continental Op, the best private detective around, has his doubts and finds himself confronting something infinitely more dangerous. This is the Continental Op’s most bizarre case and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.

Paperback, 256pp
Orion, 2012 (1930)
ISBN 9781409138051

Biography

DASHIELL SAMUEL HAMMETT (1894-1961) was born on a farm in southern Maryland, and grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. He left school at the age of fourteen, and after various jobs became an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. The First World War intervened, and Hammett soon turned to writing, becoming, during the 1920s, the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. The Maltese Falcon (1930), The Thin Man (1932) and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most famous novels.