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Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery and a good read

“Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery,” Sally Cline, 272 pages, Arcade Publishing, 2016 (Review by Bill Hughes) His family roots ran deep in the “Old Line State.” Dashiell Hammett, aka Samuel “Dash” Dashiell Hammett, was born on a tobacco farm in […]

Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery and a good read

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“Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery,” Sally Cline, 272 pages, Arcade Publishing, 2016 (Review by Bill Hughes) His family roots ran deep in the “Old Line State.” Dashiell Hammett, aka Samuel “Dash” Dashiell Hammett, was born on a tobacco farm in […]

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Washington’s Immortals: A must read for war, history buffs

When the Pride of Baltimore II, “America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador,” sails into the waters of Baltimore’s outer harbor, it passes two land-based forts. On its portside is Fort (William) Smallwood;

Black Krim: Kate Wyer weaves stoic struggles in dark novella

With the bone-chilling memory of another brutal winter still fresh in mind, consider for a moment: Would you invite a secretive, shoeless old stranger into your home on a

The Year That Made Hitler 1924

In the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign from hell, the name of Adolf Hitler has been repeatedly invoked. Hysterical comparisons have been made between the German dictator  and the billionaire real

Jackie Collins has passed on

The novelist known for her steamy stories of, gangsters, Hollywood and celebrity sin, has died today of breast cancer. Jackie Collins had her first novel, The World is Full of

Jason Tinney’s ‘Ripple Meets the Deep’ launches at Mick O’Shea’s October 18

Jason Tinney's words will transport you.  His new story collection, Ripple Meets the Deep, has such power and raw beauty; it is hard to forget his images. I fall to

The Cult of Aleister Crowley Lives On

“It was sex that rotted him. It was sex, sex, sex, sex, sex all the way with Crowley. He was a sex maniac!”- Vittoria Cremers John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Iggy

Gerry Sandusky scores winning touchdown with ‘Forgotten Sundays’

Gerry Sandusky’s book, “Forgotten Sundays: A Son’s Story of Life, Loss, and Love from the Sidelines of the NFL,” is one darn good read. Baltimoreans know Gerry primarily from

No-Accounts: Compassion and courage lift up two men in compelling AIDS novel

Singer Amy Grant once observed that, in her experience, “...people who have been through painful, difficult times are filled with compassion”. As a US intelligence officer, author Tom Glenn

Olesker takes a heartfelt, but hard look at Baltimore in the ‘fabulous fifties’

Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age. (The Johns Hopkins University Press) Mention the 1950s and most people think about souped-up Chevys, Doo Wop music or the

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