La Clé de verre

Texte révisé suivi d'une biographie de Dashiell Hammett. Dans le plus pur style comportementaliste, brutal et sans fioritures du "hard-boiled" qu'il inventa et qui révolutionnera le roman moderne, Dashiell Hammett montre ici une fois de plus l'envers du décor de la démocratie américaine. "La Clé de verre" -- son chef-d'oeuvre devenu un classique du polar -- tisse une intrigue criminelle qui dévoile les zones d'ombre d'une société profondément corrompue, révèlant les liens entre la pègre et le monde de la politique. Sa galerie de personnages corrompus et arrivistes aux fréquentations très dangereuses n'a rien perdu de son actualité.

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About the author

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) est un écrivain américain, considéré comme le fondateur du roman noir. Il embrasse une carrière de détective chez Pinkerton. Puis il se lance dans l'écriture avec des nouvelles dans le magazine Black Mask en 1924. En tout, Hammett publiera soixante-cinq nouvelles et cinq romans dont La Moisson rouge,La Clé de verre mais aussi Le Faucon maltais, qui sera adapté trois fois au cinéma.

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Published on
Sep 7, 2016
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9782824903255
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Language
French
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
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From the annals of Black Mask come the two-fisted adventures of the original hardboiled PI: Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op
 
Jeffrey Main comes home from Los Angeles with $20,000 in his wallet and a target on his back. Two gunmen burst through the door, instigating a scuffle that leaves Main dead, his wife unconscious, and the money long gone. At least, that’s the way the cops tell it. The police see no other way the killers could have escaped so easily, and the case falls to the Continental Op—San Francisco’s most ruthless private detective. Behind this strange murder lurks a toxic case of greed, and the Op must risk his neck to learn who pulled the trigger.
 
“The Main Death” is vintage Dashiell Hammett, the sort of hard-driving tale that made him a legend and made Black Mask the most respected of all the pulp magazines. Paired with “This King Business” in this captivating collection of Hammett’s later Continental Op stories, it is a fine reminder that hardboiled action never goes out of style.
 
Praise for Dashiell Hammett
“Hammett was the ace performer. . . . He did over and over again what only the best writers can ever do at all. He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before.” —Raymond Chandler, author of The Big Sleep
 
“Hammett was the great poet of the great American collision—personal honour and corruption, opportunity and fatality.” —James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential
 
“Hammett is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer.” —The Boston Globe
 
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