LibriVox recording of Zigzags of Treachery and other stories by Dashiell Hammett. Read in English by Winston Tharp
The death of a well known San Francisco doctor brings a charge of murder for his wife, but is it murder or suicide, and is she really his wife? The Continental Op is on the case in Dashiell Hammett’s “Zigzags of Treachery,” featured here along with two more novellas from the pages of Black Mask magazine, "The Girl with Silver Eyes" and “The Golden Horseshoe.” - Summary by Winston Tharp
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Pulp magazines had connotations of low-class sleaziness and lurid art. Hammet's well-crafted stories belie that (we can't all be James Joyce). We have to realize that the post-war realities cried out for escape from humdrum existence, poverty, lack of education that we can't imagine in our information-barrraged society. That's how a little West Texas town produced a Robert E. Howard.
I give five stars to almost nothing.
Reviewer:Danny from Finsbury Park
March 3, 2022 Subject:
Good stories, superbly read
Here are three more of the Continental Op stories, featuring the same hard-boiled private detective. There is never a dull moment, and always a surprise at the end.
Winston Tharp is the perfect reader for this book. His narration just could not be bettered. I can't praise him highly enough.