The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Stories

The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Stories


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One of the most popular American writers of the twentieth century, Dashiell Hammett gave us crime fiction stripped down to its most subtle and searing essentials and, at the same time, elevated to literature. The diamond-sharp prose and artfully manipulated intrigue for which he is known are on full display in the four classic short stories and two riveting novels published here in one volume.


The Continental Op, Hammett’s anonymous antihero, was the indelible prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. Single-minded, emotionally detached, and decidedly unglamorous, he narrates the four linked stories collected here—“The House in Turk Street,” “The Girl with the Silver Eyes,” “The Big Knockover,” and “$106,000 Blood Money.” In THE DAIN CURSE, the Continental Op takes on his most bizarre case, that of a wealthy young woman who appears to be the victim of a deadly family curse. And THE GLASS KEY—Hammett’s own favorite among his works—features his most cynical and morally ambiguous hero, Ned Beaumont, caught in a hard-boiled love triangle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307266699
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Series: Everyman's Library (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.)
Pages: 664
Sales rank: 653,803
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Dashiell Hammett was born in Maryland in 1894 and died in 1961. After working as a private detective and serving in World War I, he turned to writing and became the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America.

James Ellroy is the author of The Black Dahlia, My Dark Places, and L. A. Confidential.

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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