Ned Beaumont is right hand man to Paul Madvig, who runs this anonymous city. Beaumont is the fixer and the general election is coming up will be a close one. Madvig is a political cohort to Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry and is in love with Henry's daughter, who does not return the feeling. When a senator’s son is killed, the pressure is on city officials to solve the murder and Beaumont is right in the thick of it.
Written in 1931, The Glass Key still holds up today. It is set in a violent world inhabited by ruthless people. The dialogue still sparkles and the story still works, making Dashiell Hammett a true master of the hardboiled mystery.