Dashiell Hammett

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Prairie Lights: ‘Montana Noir’ captures state dead on


Who would have imagined that murder and mayhem could be so much fun? In “Montana Noir,” a new collection of  hardboiled short stories, 14 writers jump with evident joy into tales teeming with dead bodies, guns, strippers, booze, meth, weed and problematic stores of cash. And they take us to unexpected places, from the rough parts of Great Falls to a depressing corner of Billings Heights, from the loneliest stretches of the Hi-Line’s Highway 2 to the vomit-stained sidewalk in front of the Party Palace in Butte. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: A shameful admission, 3 suggested reads


Last weekend at Second Edition Books, a great used-book store in Uptown Butte, I purchased a copy of “The Vigilantes of Montana” by Prof. Thomas J. Dimsdale. It’s an odd softcover edition, published in 1937 by McKee Printing Co. in Butte, with a cartoon-like illustration on the front cover. I was glad to have found such an unusual edition of a Montana classic. (more…) Continue Reading →

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