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Reading Glitz had me revisiting a long-lost reading era of my twenties when I sampled a seamier side of life through intense encounters with Chandler, Hammett and Simenon. The pace, action and racy dialogue bowled me along, although surely the venality of the language is more extreme these days? Christmas chores mean I have had to put the book down (nothing so dull would have one-time distracted me i) but I can see Boxing Day spent curled up on a sofa, away in Atlantic City…….

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