Miss Gabriel Dain Leggett is young and wealthy, with a penchant for morphine and religious cults. She also has an unfortunate effect on the people around her. They die - violently. Is she the victim of a family curse? The short, squat, utterly unsentimental Continental Op, the best private detective around, has his doubts and finds himself confronting something infinitely more dangerous. This is the Continental Op's most bizarre case.
Dashiell Hammett was a master crime detective novel writer and The Dain Curse proves that. The plot is complex and the characters are interesting. The dialogue is not what I was used to but similar to the film noir classics of Bogart and Cagney. The themes of Hammett's novels are always the same: greed, love, revenge and power. If you haven't read Hammett before I would read The Maltese Falcon first. That is his most famous and better known book. I would highly recommend his books to those who like pulp fiction.