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He wrote the hardboiled detective classic The Maltese Falcon.
One of the masters of crime fiction and a former operative for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) first introduced his iconic private eye, Sam Spade, in 1930 in his famous novel The Maltese Falcon. He followed that novel with The Thin Man in 1932 which introduced the incomparable and charming sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. He was also the author of Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, and The Glass Key, as well the Collected Case Files of the Continental Op, most of which were published in Black Mask magazine.