By Dashiell Hammett
The Continental Op is a brief, squat, and totally unsentimental tank of a personal detective. omit Gabrielle Dain Leggett is younger, prosperous, and a devotee of morphine and spiritual cults. She has an unlucky influence at the humans round her: they've got a behavior of loss of life violently. Is Gabrielle the sufferer of a family members curse? Or is the reality approximately her more strange and infinitely extra harmful? The Dain Curse is without doubt one of the Continental Op's such a lot extraordinary situations, and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.
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There has been no noise as of anything being thrown in the course of the glass earlier than the explosion; and there is no damaged window-glass contained in the room. The monitor was once over it, too, that will say the pineapple wasn't chucked in during the window. " Rolly nodded vaguely, the door to Gabrielle's room. "Fink and that i have been within the hall talking," I went on. "I ran instantly again via the following to her room. no one may have obtained out of her room after the explosion with out my seeing them-or listening to them.
Priestly acknowledged she had now not been at her window the former evening and hence had no longer obvious the fellow Mrs. Leggett had noticeable at the nook. a guy named Warren Daley, who lived at the contrary facet of the road, down close to the nook the place Mrs. Priestly had visible her guy, had, whilst locking up the home Sunday evening, shocked a man-apparently a similar man-in the vestibule. Daley used to be no longer at domestic while I known as, yet, after telling me this a lot, Mrs. Daley bought him at the mobilephone for me. Daley acknowledged the fellow have been status within the vestibule, both hiding from or looking at a person up the road.
The oldest in their six kids was once a bowlegged, freckled lady of ten; the youngest used to be a fats and noisy baby in its first yr. many of the in-betweens have been boys and a few women, yet all of them had colds of their heads. the entire Baker relations got here out at the porch to obtain us. They hadn't noticeable her, they acknowledged: they have been by no means up as early as seven o'clock. They knew the Carters through sight, yet knew not anything approximately them. They requested extra questions than Rolly and that i did. almost immediately past the Baker residence the line replaced from gravel to asphalt.
Leggett's tale. She informed us the whole lot fairly gratuitously. Why should still we feel that she'd mislead implicate herself? " "You suggest in her sister's homicide? She'd been acquitted of that, and that i believe the French system's like ours in that she could not be attempted back for it, it doesn't matter what she confessed. She did not supply whatever away, brother. " "Always belittling," he acknowledged. "You desire extra beer to extend your soul. " on the Leggett-Ruppert inquests I observed Gabrielle Leggett back, yet was once unsure that she even well-known me.
Do you suggest what you might have acknowledged? That this is ended? That i will haven't any more-? that you simply can-? " "Yeah. may you return to the home within the cove for it slow? it will possibly support issues alongside, and you will be secure sufficient there. shall we take Mrs. Herman with us, and perhaps an op or . " "I'll go," she stated. I checked out my watch and stood up asserting: "Better return to mattress. we are going to circulate down the next day. stable evening. " She chewed her reduce lip, eager to say whatever, now not eager to say it, eventually blurting it out: "I'll need to have morphine down there.