Just finished this one. Difficult to view it as an entity in its own right, give that I'm viewing it through the prism of Miller's Crossing
, probably the one film I've seen more than any other, which takes this as its base. The plot's slightly different, but the dialogue, the tone, the brilliantly dark comic-noir, it's all sourced from this effortlessly cool prose. Loved it, I have to say, which is a surprise, as the last Hammett I read, The Dain Curse
was really quite underwhelming.
Like fast-moving clouds casting shadows against a hillside, the melody-loop shuddered with a sense of the sublime, the awful unknowable majesty of the world.