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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dashiell Hammett Narrator: Stephen R. Thorne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett’s tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. 

A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel.

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  • “The plot of The Glass Key is one long maneuver—speedballing toward a futile resolution. It’s Hammett’s flat-affect tale of grasping men who want things and don’t know what to do with them when they get them. It’s a short novel with epic sweep.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Stephen Thorne underplays his tough-guy voice to great advantage. His female voices are so good that you won’t give them a second thought.”


  • “Ned Beaumont is a new kind of hard-boiled hero: morally ambiguous, of limited effectiveness, neither crack-shot nor pugilist nor deductive whiz.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Daniel Burton-Rose | 2/8/2014

    " Uninspired tale of a streets to suites political fixer in prohibition San Francisco. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 2/6/2014

    " Another good Hammett noir crime novel - filled with tough guys and, in this case, politicians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill | 2/1/2014

    " My favorite of Hammett's books. More than just a mystery, it's about politics, crime, love, friendship, and loyalty. All things we still need to grapple with today. And a great example of a simple prose stylist at the top of his game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Iain | 1/20/2014

    " Very good noir. Not too complicated, but enough to keep you guessing until the end. Well written. "

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