The Hammett Hex (Book Collector Mystery Series #5)

The Hammett Hex (Book Collector Mystery Series #5)

by Victoria Abbott

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The national bestselling author of The Marsh Madness takes rare book collector Jordan Bingham on a trip to San Francisco—home to Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled heroes—where nothing is as it seems.
On a getaway to the City by the Bay, book collector Jordan Bingham becomes entangled in a mystery with more twists than Lombard Street...
Jordan has been able to swing a romantic trip to San Francisco with Officer Tyler “Smiley” Dekker on one condition—she must return with a rare copy of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest for her irascible employer, Vera Van Alst. For his own part, Smiley is full of surprises. He’s a Dashiell devotee himself—excited to be in the city of Hammett’s hard-boiled heroes like Sam Spade and the Continental Op—and also announces he plans to visit his previously unmentioned estranged grandmother, who lives in an old Victorian in Pacific Heights.
But the trip goes downhill fast when Jordan is pushed from a cable car and barely escapes death. And when a dark sedan tries to run the couple down, it’s clear someone’s after them—but who? Just like in Hammett’s world, nothing is quite what is seems...


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425280355
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Book Collector Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 156,176
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.81(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Victoria Abbott is the national bestselling author of the Book Collector Mystery series, including The Marsh Madness, The Wolfe Widow, The Sayers Swindle, and The Christie Curse.

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The Hammett Hex 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good I hated to see it end. I have become a big fan of this author. I highly recommend this and all her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I found the mystery part of the book very well written and interesting, I must say the romance part was more than a tad far fetched. If it were not for that, I'd have given it another star.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
‘As for me, I hunkered down and pondered how my lovely world of golden age mysteries, priceless first editions and days surrounded by family and friends (and Vera, of course) had morphed into a nightmare with guns and fear.” Jordan Bingham and Tyler Dekker, The on again off again couple and hero’s of our latest mystery are in San Francisco: He to see his grandmother and visit his favorite sleuth’s base of operations ; she in part, to pick up a signed first of Dashill Hammett’s Red Harvest. Who would have thought “Smiley” was a Hammett fan? However, there is more to this trip than meets the eye as Jordan seems to have brought some trouble upon the family reunion starting with ransacked rooms to stolen jewelry. Can Jordan and Tyler unravel the mystery before something unheard of could bring more trouble down on their heads? This, the fifth in the series, is a little different than the others as it happens outside of Harrison Falls, and the book that is being sought is not really the focus. Reading at times like the worst farce imaginable starring the keystone cops, it morphs into a he said, she said, who said that will pull you along until the glorious ending. A finely developed story that will remain in my memory long after the book is returned. Highly recommended 5/5
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Book 5 might just be the best one in this excellent series! That is saying a lot, because several regular characters, Vera and Signora only appear at the beginning. Jordan is on a trip to San Francisco to buy a special Hammett book while on a vacation with her boyfriend. A clever mystery that disrupts the vacation and entertains the reader! More fun characters have been added! After reading this, I will be adding at least 2 Hammett books to my TBR list. One will be a Nick and Nora mystery (I have only seen the movies with their dog Asta) and the other might be the Continental Op, since I had never heard of that and Jordan had been reading that. I like the idea of featuring the works and style of a famous mystery author in each entry in this series a lot. So far, the authors have been classic writers whose books are famous. The Book Collectors series have sent me to new authors to read!
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is yet another great addition to this series. The authors really do their homework on each highlighted classic mystery author. The story has clear parallels with Hammett's books. The intrigue and danger are high in this one. Jordan and "Smiley" are constantly in danger while hoping to have a quiet vacation. When Tyler finds his long lost grandmother and additional twists enter. It's fascinating and difficult to figure it all out before the end. Oh, and there's a HEA. And Uncle Kevin is something of a hero!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago