Detective Stories and Other Writings

Detective Stories and Other Writings

by Dashiell Hammett


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Dashiell Hammett is the innovative master and inventor of hard-boiled fiction, an unsentimental style of American crime writing in which the isolated hero exists in a sordid world where treachery is the only norm. Many of these stories first appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask and exemplify Hammett’s formidable literary and moral imagination operating at full strength. These stories introduce the Continental Op, the dispassionate operative from the Continental Detective Agency, a company molded on the Pinkerton Agency, for which Hammett worked prior to taking up writing. In these stories the reader will find the main themes of Hammett’s later fiction — the skewed moral environment where nothing and no one can be trusted, the steely-eyed detective whose only interest is to do his job, and the criminals whose depravity mocks the pretensions of the modern world. These stories create a universe of violence and stealth, of cold passion, desperate action, and great excitement. They prefigure not only the world of subsequent detective fiction, but the contemporary world itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732190344
Publisher: Coyote Canyon Press
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 620,552
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

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.

Date of Birth:

May 27, 1894

Date of Death:

January 10, 1961

Place of Birth:

St. Mary, Maryland

Place of Death:

New York


Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

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