This is the Hundred-and-forty-seventh in my one-book-at-a-time bookshelf.
Early last century American hard nosed detective novel. Think Maltese Falcon and Humphry Bogart. This is my first Hammett and I rather like! Reminds me of Raymond Chandler (though not in the same class) and the living of a life so different to today in every respect except for the human condition. I don't believe the main character was ever sober enough to pass a breath test. Yet the The Thin Man passes the bookshelf test.