I'm still not crazy however about the second plot dealing with Dunaway, her daughter and the involvement of Huston (director of 'The Maltese Falcon'), it feels forced in and doesn't quite add up for me.
I don't know. To me it was a typically complex, convoluted noir plot with interlocking schemes. The whole thing with Evelyn's sister/daughter and her evil father gave it the sleaze it needed to separate it from a straightforward crime drama. I mean Noah Cross was the film's antagonist, no?