I'd read both Killer in the Rain and the Big sleep before but the other short stories in this collection were new to me. I enjoyed it, though unfortunately the stories faded quite quickly from my mind. Things that stand out were the very brutal torture of a criminal (thankfully by a guy who turned out to be "the bad guy" and not a nice cop), one of the girls the guy had been searching for getting beaten up by the private dick at the end of the story so she could get away with murder, the fact that not only were there black people living in Califonia, but that they had whole neighbourhoods and their own bars and clubs and lives. While I still prefer Hammett to Chandler I did enjoy these stories and definitely want to read some more of his novels. I really enjoy his style, everything is so visual and gritty. As much as I love the film noir movies everything just feels more real and dirty in the original stories.
The stories here were Killer in the rain, The man who liked dogs, the curtain, Try the girl, Mandarin's Jade, Bay City Blues, The Lady in the Lake and No crime in the mountains....Continua