Thursday, 31 May 2018

How Many Times

        ……. I wonder how many times he rolled the sheet of paper out, read it through, tossed it over his shoulder, lit another cigarette, set a fresh sheet in place and tried again. I wonder if he'd been testing it in his a head a little, after four, four-thirty, those mornings when it was impossible to get back to sleep ? I wonder if he had it all pat from the start ?

excerpt from
Criminal Openings - Dashiell Hammett
John Harvey


Hammett testifying at
McCarthy Hearings 1953

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