So, I'm rereading a bunch of Dashiell Hammett. Some friends on Instagram are hosting #AMonthOfMystery for October, challenging participants to read a lot of mysteries in October because why not? So I'm joining that because I never need any excuse to read more mysteries and talk about them with bookish friends. And Woman in the Dark is my first book read for that event.
It's not quite even a novel, really -- it's a slim novella. But whatever. It was really enjoyable. I found myself rooting so hard for Brazil, an ex-con with a temper and dangerous fists, and Luise Fischer, a kept woman trying to get away from the brute who thinks he should be allowed to keep her. Everything goes sideways and down for a long time, but there's a surprisingly hopeful ending that I absolutely loved.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-16 for oblique references to sex, considerable violence, and some bad language.