Dashiell Hammett - Author

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Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was born in Maryland and worked in a number of menial jobs until he became an operative for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. His experiences as a private detective laid the foundations for his writing career. His work includes Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, The Thin Man and some eighty short stories, mostly published in Black Mask magazine.

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Red Harvest

Red Harvest

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

The debut novel by a master of hard-boiled detective fiction. The nameless detective known only as the Continental Op is summoned to a small town for a meeting with a newspaper editor, but arrives to find him dead. Investigating the murder soon leads the Op into the middle of a tense gang conflict that threatens to explode into all-out war. The novel was adapted into the film Roadhouse Nights, and has been suggested as a source for Akira Kurosawa's legendary film Yojimbo. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Dain Curse

Dain Curse

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

The nameless detective known only as the Continental Op is tasked with investigating the theft of diamonds from the Leggets, who have ties to the Dain family a family that is said to be plagued by a terrible curse that leads those near them to gruesome deaths. The Op will have to solve the mysteries behind lies, murders, and even a cult if he's going to get to the heart of the matter. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Glass Key

Glass Key

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

Unlike most of Hammett's works, the protagonist of The Glass Key isn't a private detective; Ned Beaumont is a gambler, and the friend of a criminal boss. The action starts when he discovers the body of a senator's son, and his friend wants him to help cover it up as a means of gaining the senator's favour. This draws Beaumont into a brewing gang war, and he has to solve the mystery if he wants to get out alive. It has been adapted for film twice. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Collected Short Stories

Collected Short Stories

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

Dashiell Hammet is one of the great writers of American mystery fiction, and a pioneer of the hard-boiled detective story. He created iconic characters like Sam Spade and Nick and Nora Charles, and influenced countless other mystery authors, including Raymond Chandler. This collection contains 38 of his short stories, including classics such as "e;The Big Knockover"e; and "e;The Farewell Murder."e; Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2015

One of the most influential mystery novels ever written, and the only one to star the legendary and iconic Sam Spade. When Spade's partner is killed on what appears to be a routine case, Spade is drawn into the search for a mysterious, valuable object known as the Maltese Falcon, and must contend with the eclectic criminals looking for it, any of which would happily kill Spade (or each other), or use him for their own ends. It has been adapted for film three times, most famously starring Humphrey Bogart. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Thin Man

Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2015

The Thin Man stars Nick Charles, a retired private detective, and his wife Nora, who get sucked into investigating a murder case, and have to navigate the complicated Wynant family, along with cops and criminals, and bring their best to the table in order to solve the crime. It was Dashiell Hammett's last novel, though its 1934 film adaptation did lead to five sequels. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Collected Dashiell Hammett

Collected Dashiell Hammett

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2015

Dashiell Hammett is one of the great writers of American mystery fiction, and a pioneer of the hard-boiled detective story. He created iconic characters like Sam Spade and Nick and Nora Charles, and influenced countless other mystery authors, including Raymond Chandler. This collection contains 38 of his short stories, including classics such as The Big Knockover and The Farewell Murder, as well as all five of his novels, including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Essential Noir Bundle

Essential Noir Bundle

Author: Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2015

Two of the greatest authors of hard-boiled detective fiction come together in this compilation. Featuring legendary characters like Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Nick and Nora Charles, it includes novels such as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and The Long Goodbye, and over 60 short stories, including The King in Yellow and The Big Knockover. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Glass Key

Glass Key

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2015

Brief introduction of the book: during an election in one American city, Senator's son was killed. The plot pointed to the disgruntled vendetta and election conspiracy and all related parties attempted to use the chance to get interest. The police and the suspect's relatives got strange anonymous letters, which described adverse innuendo to the suspect. At the moment the suspect had been deserted and even confessed his crime, his friend and men still had faith in him and tried to turn the tide to rescue him.

Red Harvest

Red Harvest

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2015

It was Hammett's first novel, which actually composed of three interrelated and independent murder cases. Three puzzles were quite exciting, plus battle of wits between the detective and the criminal that Hammett was good at describing, the book is more interesting than Malta Blackhawk.

Malta Blackhawk

Malta Blackhawk

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2015

It was representative work of the hard-boiled detective novels in Europe and the United States and was adapted to a film with the same name. Sam Spade is almost a household name in Europe and the United States. One gold blackhawk, produced preciously and inlaid with jewelry in the island of Malta, was emperor's tribute in the middle ages and priceless. A group of American robbers, headed by Gutmann, launched bizarre twists and turns of robbery for pursuing this treasure. All kinds of mercenary characters made all kinds of despicable means in the process of looting treasure. The private detective Sam Spade, by his investigation ability of tough guy style, took brave and resourceful advantage of contradictions, destroyed the criminals one by one, and finally arrested all of them.

Thin Man

Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2015

The Thin Man brief introduction: Nick and Nora, a retired private detective and his rich, intelligent, kind wife who is very curious about his past career come to New York to have a holiday. But they are engaged in a series of homicide cases related to his old customer Mr Weinant and Mr Weinant has never appeared......

Dain Curse

Dain Curse

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2015

The Dain Curse brief introduction: I leaned over to the girl and asked her, "e;Did you do it?"e; "e;Do you think it is strange?"e; She asked quietly, "e;You also present that day and listened to my stepmother. She said that I had Dane's blood on the body and there is a curse hurting me. Everyone connects me will suffer it. "e;She said, pointing to the dead man."e; So why it is so strange about that?"e;

The Hunter And Other Stories

The Hunter And Other Stories

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2014

Nightmare Town

Nightmare Town

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2013

Blood Money

Blood Money

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

This collection features two of Dashiell Hammetts best-known short stories The Big Knockover, and $106,000 Blood Money together, as they were meant to be read. In these connected stories, the Continental Op faces down an unprecedented influx of criminals into his native San Francisco, as the horde plans to collect a big payday by robbing two banks simultaneously, and then must hunt down the mastermind responsible for this elaborate crime spree.The Big Knockover witnesses the return of Dashiell Hammetts hard-boiled detective character known only as The Continental Op. One of the earliest characters in the world of detective fiction, The Op paved the way for similar private eyes like Hammetts own Sam Spade and Raymond Chandlers Philip Marlowe. The Op, however, had a personality all his ownuncompassionate, gruff, and stockyand was never the prototypical heroic protagonist. He was, however the perfect fit for the genre in the early days of the hardboiled detective genre.HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library.

Tenth Clew

Tenth Clew

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2013

In a tip of the hat to Sherlock Holmes, the Continental Op finds nine seemingly innocuous and unconnected items left as clues in a murder case. But this is San Francisco, not London, and the Op knows that the only thing he needs to crack a case is his own gut.HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library.

Girl With The Silver Eyes

Girl With The Silver Eyes

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2013

When the Continental Op gets roused out of bed early on a Sunday morning, he isnt too impressed. Especially when his contact on the missing person case is an excited and teary man overcome with worry. But all the same, the Op is on the case and begins looking into the mysterious circumstances under which the girl with the silver eyes seems to have disappeared.HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library.

Scorched Face

Scorched Face

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2013

When the Continental Op is hired to look into the disappearance of two sisters, he gets caught up in a bigger scheme than he could have imagined as he uncovers a string of disappearances and suicides of wealthy debutantes. As the investigation becomes more and more complex, the Op gets into some sticky spots as he works tirelessly to solve a case that seems to affect him more than most. The Scorched Face is one of Dashiell Hammetts best-loved Continental Op stories.HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library.

Fly-Paper

Fly-Paper

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2013

When a wealthy young girl runs away to live the hard and fast life, her parents decide theres no persuading her to come home, so they hire the Continental Detective Agency to keep tabs on her. Eventually, the girl drops off the radar and when she seems to resurface, the Continental Op is put on the case. But what was a once simple wandering daughter case has become more, with the Op right in the middle of the action.HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library.

Dashiell Hammett MEGAPACK (R)

Dashiell Hammett MEGAPACK (R)

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

"e;The Dashiell Hammett Megapack"e; collects 20 early and rare stories by the famous mystery writer, plus one poem. Included in this volume are:AFRAID OF A GUNARSON PLUSTHE NEW RACKETBODIES PILED UPDEATH ON PINE STREETTHE MAN WHO KILLED DAN ODAMSMIKE, ALEC, OR RUFUSNIGHT SHOTSNIGHTMARE TOWNONE HOURTHE ROAD HOMERUFFIAN'S WIFETHE SECOND-STORY ANGELTHE TENTH CLUEWHO KILLED BOB TEAL?ZIGZAGS OF TREACHERYTHE WAGES OF CRIMENIGHT SHADETHE PARTHIAN SHOTIMMORTALITYCURSE IN THE OLD MANNERAnd don't forget to search this ebook store for "e;Wildside Press Megapack"e; to see many more entries in this series, covering mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, classics, and much, much more!

The Return of the Thin Man

The Return of the Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2013

The sometime Pinkerton Detective, the consumptive and the drunk, the pioneer of noir writing, the bleak defier of McCarthy, the jailbird, the writer, and the Hollywood icon. Dashiell Hammett wrote only five books. This is the sixth. Dashiell Hammet was the author of the world famous MALTESE FALCON which changed the face of crime writing forever. He died in 1961.

3 Great Hardboiled Crime Novels

3 Great Hardboiled Crime Novels

Author: Dashiell Hammett, Tim Maleeny, Jon Talton Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2013

Here are three great new hardboiled tomes at a great price. THE RETURN OF THE THIN MAN: Two lost novellas from the true master of hard-boiled noir. STEALING THE DRAGON: Take one smart, funny ex-detective. Add one beautiful, deadly Chinese assassin. Pour into San Francisco and shake violently. CONCRETE DESERT: A decades-old cold case haunts the present in the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona.

Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2013

Private Detective Sam Spade and his partner, Miles Archer, are hired by the beautiful Miss Wonderly to track down her sisters brutish boyfriend, Floyd Thursby. Spade is dubious, but the pair take the case, and when both Archer and Thursby wind up in body bags within twenty-four hours, Spade realizes that there is far more to this case than Wonderly had let on.Sam Spade has long been considered the definitive example of a hard-boiled detective, and author Daishell Hammett effectively established the hard-boiled crime genre through his stories about detectives like Sam Spade and the hard-nosed Continental Op. "e;The Maltese Falcon"e; has been adapted several times, most famously in the 1941 film starring Humphrey Bogart in the role of Sam Spade.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

The Return of the Thin Man

The Return of the Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Although characters and stories like Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon are famous the world over, Dashiel Hammett wrote only five full-length novels in his career. Now two new stories have been discovered in his papers. Following the enormous success of 'The Thin Man' movie in 1934, Hammett wrote two novellas starring the same retired private investigator Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora. Written with classic, barbed Hammett dialogue, these two novellas have finally come to light. Together they make The Return of the Thin Man, the first new Dashiell Hammett book in nearly half a century. Dashiell Hammett died in 1961. His influence inspired writers as diverse as Raymond Chandler and William Burroughs and changed the face of crime writing forever.

Woman In The Dark

Woman In The Dark

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2012

Dressed in an evening gown, covered in cuts and bruises, and very frightened, Luise Fischer is on the run and looking for a place to hide out. Stumbling on a house she thinks is abandoned, she discovers recently released prisoner Mr. Brazil, and a young girl, Evelyn, who is also seeking protection. But when powerful landlord Kane Robson and his good-looking sidekick Dick Conroy come looking for Luise, it is up to Mr. Brazil to keep her safe. First serialized in three parts in Liberty Magazine, Dashiell Hammet's Woman in the Dark was published as one story for the first time in 1951. It was adapted in a 1934 film featuring movie stars Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy, and Melvyn Douglas. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Glass Key

Glass Key

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2012

Small-time gambler and criminal Ned Beaumont investigates the murder of the local senators son, heads off a gang war, and clears the name of his immoral political boss, Paul Madvig. Kidnapped, roughed up, and on the run, Ned Beaumont holds to his personal code and ultimately exposes the true culprit. Considered one of Dashiell Hammetts favourites, The Glass Key has been adapted for radio and film, influenced other cinematic works including the award-winning film Millers Crossing, and inspired the Glass Key Award for the best crime novel by a Scandinavian author. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Dain Curse

Dain Curse

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2012

While investigating a diamond theft from the Leggett family, the Continental Op stumbles on a bizarre yet deadly family curse. Causing sudden and violent death, the Dain curse is said to affect beautiful Gabrielle Leggett. But as a morphine addict and member of a mysterious religious cult, Gabrielle may be involved with more than just a family curse. With time running out and a body-count that continues to rise, the Continental Op must get to the truth behind the Dain curse. One of Dashiell Hammetts best-known characters, the Continental Op is an original man of mystery, known only by his title, and is modeled on Hammets own experience as a Pinkerton detective. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Red Harvest

Red Harvest

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2012

Filled with gangsters, cops on the take, and a kingpin desperate to reclaim his territory, Personville teeters on the brink of an all-out gang war. Enter the Continental Op, called in to town by Donald Willsson, who is taken out by a hit before briefing the Op on the case. Pitting faction against faction, and with a target on his own back, the Continental Op must save Personville before his number is up. One of Dashiell Hammetts best-known characters, the Continental Op is an original man of mystery, known only by his title. Modeled on Hammets own experience as a Pinkerton detective, Red Harvest is the definitive story of a town gone horribly wrong and the one man who can clean it up. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Level 4: The Maltese Falcon Book & Multi-ROM with MP3 Pack

Level 4: The Maltese Falcon Book & Multi-ROM with MP3 Pack

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 22/05/2012

With over 60 titles in a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, horror or romance, biographies and big film tie-ins, the Penguin Active Reading series makes learning the English language a pleasurable and rewarding activity.

Thin Man

Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2012

The Thin Man was Dashiell Hammets last novel and one of his best-known works, and introduced the unforgettable Nick and Nora Charles. Set in prohibition-era New York, former-private detective Nick and his socialite wife, Nora, become embroiled in a murder investigation, eventually solving the case, but not before crossing paths with the outrageous Wynant family. The Thin Man served as the basis for six films featuring Nick and Nora Charles, including After the Thin Man and Shadow of the Thin Man, as well as for a Thin Man radio show, television series, and Broadway musical. Nick and Noras trademark banter popularized their appeal, and evolved them into an archetype for future detective couples. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

The Big Knockover

The Big Knockover

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2012

'Dashiell Hammett is an original. He is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer' BOSTON GLOBEDashiell Hammett's Continental Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. Short, squat and as stubborn as a mule, the Op's only enthusiasm was doing his job. In the stories in THE BIG KNOCKOVER, the job means solving the bank heist to end all bank heists, taking on a gang of freebooters, cleaning up a vice-ridden hell in the desert and dealing with assorted colourful grifters like the Dis-and-Dat Kid, Alphabet Shorty McCoy and Bluepoint Vance.

The Continental Op Short Story Collection

The Continental Op Short Story Collection

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2012

'An acknowledged literary landmark' Robert Graves Dashiell Hammett is the true inventor of modern detective fiction and the creator of the private eye, the isolated hero in a world where treachery is the norm. The Continental Op was his great first contribution to the genre and these seven stories, which first appeared in the magazine Black Mask, are the best examples of Hammett's early writing, in which his formidable literary and moral imagination is already operating at full strength. The Continental Op is the dispassionate fat man working for the Continental Detective Agency, modelled on the Pinkerton Agency, whose only interest is in doing his job in a world of violence, passion, desperate action and great excitement.

The Thin Man

The Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2012

'When I opened my eyes and sat up in bed Nora was shaking me and a man with a gun in his hand was standing in the bedroom doorway.' Ex-detective Nick Charles attracts trouble like a magnet. He thinks his sleuthing days are over, but when Julia Wolf, a former acquaintance, is found dead, her body riddled with bullets, Nick - along with his glamorous wife, Nora - can't resist making a few enquiries. Clyde Miller Wynant, Julia's lover and boss, has disappeared. Everyone is after him, but Nick is not convinced Wynant is the murderer - and when he finds a junked-up hoodlum with a careless attitude to guns in his bedroom, it's only the beginning of his troubles.

The Glass Key

The Glass Key

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Dashiell Hammett's strangest and most personal work. Ned Beaumont is a tall, thin, moustache-wearing, TB-ridden, drinking, gambling, hanger-on to the political boss of a corrupt Eastern city. Nevertheless, like every Hammett hero (and like Hammett himself), he has an unbreakable, if idiosyncratic, moral code. Ned's boss wants to better himself with a thoroughbred senator's daughter; but does he want it badly enough to commit murder? If he's innocent, who wants him in the frame? Beaumont must find out.

The Dain Curse

The Dain Curse

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

'Not just the first of the tough school of crime-writing but the best' THE TIMESMiss Gabriel Dain Leggett is young and wealthy, with a penchant for morphine and religious cults. She also has an unfortunate effect on the people around her. They die - violently. Is she the victim of a family curse? The short, squat, utterly unsentimental Continental Op, the best private detective around, has his doubts and finds himself confronting something infinitely more dangerous.This is the Continental Op's most bizarre case and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.

Nightmare Town

Nightmare Town

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Introduced by Colin Dexter, one of England's greatest writers of detective fiction, here are twenty long-unavailable stories by Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town end ends up unravelling the dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts the brutal truth about her husband in the chilling story `Ruffian's Wife'. `His Brother's Keeper' is a half-wit boxer's eulogy to the brother who betrayed him. `The Second-Story Angel' recounts one of the most novel cons ever devised. In seven stories, the tough and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of the deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shows his uncanny ability to get at the truth. In three stories, Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes. And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying. In Nightmare Town, Dashiell Hammett, America's poet laureate of the dispossessed, shows us a world where people confront a multitude of evils. Whether they are trying to right wrongs or just trying to survive, all of them are rendered with Hammett's signature gifts for sharp-edge characters and blunt dialogue. Hammett said that his ambition was to elevate mystery fiction to the level of art. This collection of masterful stories clearly illustrates Hammett's success, and shows the remarkable range and variety of the fiction he produced.

Glass Key

Glass Key

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett's tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel.

Dain Curse

Dain Curse

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2011

The Continental Op is a short, squat, and utterly unsentimental tank of a private detective. Miss Gabrielle Dain Leggett is young, wealthy, and a devotee of morphine and religious cults. She has an unfortunate effect on the people around her: they have a habit of dying violently. Is Gabrielle the victim of a family curse? Or is the truth about her weirder and infinitely more dangerous? The Dain Curse is one of the Continental Op's most bizarre cases and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.

Red Harvest

Red Harvest

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Detective-story master Dashiell Hammett gives us yet another unforgettable read in Red Harvest.When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty-even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain.

The Thin Man

The Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/02/2011

The last novel from the unsurpassed master of American detective fiction, Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man is a genre-defining mystery novel, published in Penguin Modern Classics. Ex-detective Nick Charles plans to spend a quiet Christmas holed up in a hotel suite with his glamorous wife Nora, their pet Schnauzer and a case of good Scotch. But then a bullet-riddled corpse and a missing inventor (not to mention the attentions of a beautiful young woman) force him out of retirement and back into business. Trying to make sense of false leads, suspicious alibis and mistaken identities, Nick and Nora are thrown into a world of gangsters, hoodlums and speakeasies, where no-one can be trusted. Dashiell Hammett was credited with inventing the hardboiled crime novel, and this story of murder and mayhem in Manhattan, with its breakneck plot, snappy dialogue - and the hard-drinking, wisecracking couple Nick and Nora - is one of his most thrillingly enjoyable mysteries. Dashiel Samuel Hammett (1894-1961) was born on a farm in southern Maryland, and grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. He left school at the age of fourteen, and after various jobs became an operative for Pinkerton's Detective Agency. The First World War intervened, and Hammett soon turned to writing, becoming, during the 1920s, the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. The Maltese Falcon (1930), The Thin Man (1932) and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most famous novels. If you enjoyed The Thin Man, you might like Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep and Other Novels, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'The ace performer' Raymond Chandler, author of The Big Sleep 'The exuberance of language, the relish with which seediness is described ... it's a pleasure to imagine Hammett cutting loose with whatever rascally high jinks he could cook up' Margaret Atwood, author of The Blind Assassin

Thin Man

Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 11/11/2008

The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client. Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities and cold-blooded murder.

Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2008

';Don't be too sure I'm as crooked as I'm supposed to be. That kind of reputation might be good business.'Samuel Spade, private investigator ';Spadeis what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been and in their cockier moments thought they approached.'Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929. Almost immediately it was acknowledged as not only a great crime novel but an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. Sam Spade, its protagonist, is the archetypal tough, cynical PI, ';able,' as his creator explained, ';to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent bystander or client.' And what a client!the irresistible and treacherous femme fatale Brigid O'Shaughnessy. Believing the book's vividly drawn characters and memorable dialogue cry out for theatrical treatment, Blackstone Audio commissioned this faithful dramatization by the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear, in which a brilliant cast brings to life all the excitement and suspense of Hammett's original in the playhouse of the mind.

The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Stories

The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Stories

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2007

With his diamond-sharp prose and artfully handled intrigue, Dashiell Hammett virtually invented hard-boiled crime fiction. This omnibus edition includes four linked stories - 'The House in Turk Street', 'The Girl with the Silver Eyes', 'The Big Knockover' and '$106,000 Blood Money - featuring the Continental Op, Hammett's anonymous tough-guy detective. In The Dain Curse, the Op takes on a wealthy young woman who appears to be the victim of a deadly family curse. And in The Glass Key - Hammett's own favourite among his works - we encounter his most cynical, morally ambiguous hero and a hard-boiled version of a love triangle. In the works collected here, we can observe the process by which Hammett both stripped crime fiction down to its most subtle and searing essentials and elevated it to high literature.

Lost Stories

Lost Stories

Author: Dashiell Hammett, Joe Gores Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2005

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/03/2005

One of the greatest crime novels of the 20th century. Sam Spade is hired by the fragrant Miss Wonderley to track down her sister, who has eloped with a louse called Floyd Thursby. But Miss Wonderley is in fact the beautiful and treacherous Brigid O'Shaughnessy, and when Spade's partner Miles Archer is shot while on Thursby's trail, Spade finds himself both hunter and hunted: can he track down the jewel-encrusted bird, a treasure worth killing for, before the Fat Man finds him?

Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon

Author: Dashiell Hammett Format: eBook Release Date: 19/02/2004

The Maltese Falcon is the definitive masterpiece of the hard-boiled detective genre. It introduces legendary PI Sam Spade, a loner who follows his own code and the rules of the street as he zeros in on his partner's killer and the famous jewel-encrusted bird. Humphrey Bogart immortalized the tough-guy detective in the classic 1941 film.

The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest

The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest

Author: Dashiell Hammett, Robert Polito Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/11/2000

As an operative for Pinkerton's Detective Agency Dashiell Hammett knew about sleuthing from the inside, but his career was cut short by the ruin of his health in World War I. These three celebrated novels are therefore the products of a hard real life, not a literary education. Despite - or because of - that, Hammett had an enormous effect on mainstream writers between the wars. Like his readers, they were attracted by the combination of laconic style, sharp convincing dialogue, vivid settings and, above all, the low-life, hard-boiled characters who populate the streets of his stories. Taking detective fiction out of the drawing-room, Hammett `gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it', as Raymond Chandler said. In so doing, he left his mark on modern fiction.

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