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The Glass Key

Категория: English » Crime/ Mystery (English)

The Glass Key

Author: Dashiell Hammett
Language: English
Date: 1931
Format: doc

The Glass Key is one of the most pessimistic and unsettling of Hammett's novels, the title itself suggesting a liminal passage into darker experience through a door which, once opened, cannot be locked again. When the novel opens, there is about to be an important election, with control of the city up for grabs. Beaumont is the friend and hanger-on of Paul Madvig, a ward boss who had, about a year previously, “picked [Beaumont] up out of the gutter”. Against Beaumont's advice, Madvig has allied himself with Ralph Henry, an old Senator whose backing in the election, Madvig believes, will enable them to “put over the whole ticket just like nobody was running against us”. Beaumont warns that “aristocrats” like the Senator regard Madvig as a lower form of life and will deal with him as though “none of the rules apply”. Madvig, however, has an additional motive: he is in love with the Senator's daughter, Janet Henry, and intends to marry her, in spite of the fact that he has forbidden Janet's ne'er-do-well brother, Taylor, from seeing his own daughter, Opal.
When Taylor Henry is found dead, Madvig is a chief suspect. Believing him to be innocent, Beaumont starts to investigate the crime and manages to secure some official backing in this task, being made special investigator for the District Attorney's office. He takes considerable risks on Madvig's behalf, infiltrating the rival political camp of Shad O'Rory, who thinks Beaumont has broken with Madvig and so can be used to help frame him for the murder of Taylor Henry. Sadistically beaten and held captive by O'Rory's thugs, Beaumont survives his ordeal only to be told by Madvig that he actually did kill Taylor – an accidental

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Автор(ы): Dashiell Hammett

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