Search Results: "Dashiell Hammett"


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THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1933

"The story of the search for a missing lover of a dead woman involves smart society and New York night life."
A good tale but not much of a mystery. Read full book review >

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WOMAN IN THE DARK by Dashiell Hammett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1988

"As usual with Hammett, there's nary a wasted word, and if the ending's a bit happy-contrived ('fortuitous,' as Robert B. Parker puts it in his intelligent foreword), the overall tone remains bitter but right, literary iodine."
Written for Liberty magazine near the end of Hammett's prime (1933), reprinted in the 1950's in pulp paperback, this bullet-hard novella about an ex-con and a courtesan on the run now wins its first hard-cover publication. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 12, 1965

"Through it he not only made history but achieved a kind of immortality."
The most of the first, and probably the greatest (Chandler is the only contender) in the genre he created— this one volume collection contains The Thin Nan, Red Harvest. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1966

"Hammett, a very gentle man, brought a rasping authenticity and a dynamic authority to the genre he can be said to have created, and even if some of the material here is uneven, the collection will be a compulsory companion piece to The Novels republished in 1965 (Knopf) for all his admirers."
This is a one volume republication of nine of Hammett's long short stories, some of which are not so well known because of their more obscure origins in the pulps, and the unfinished Tulip. Read full book review >

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DASHIELL HAMMETT by Dashiell Hammett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An invaluable collection, then, but not the definitive volume it might have been."
The father of hard-boiled detective fiction, whose five novels got the Library of America treatment in 1999, now returns in two dozen stories and three related items: the early version of The Thin Man, first published in Nightmare Town (2000); a series of 29 one-sentence vignettes from his days as a Pinkerton detective; and 24 brief suggestions for writers of detective fiction. Read full book review >

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THE CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1974

"Irish, Cain, Chandler and of course Macdonald."
Simply, these are seven stories about Hammett's no-name, middle-aging detective who first appeared in the Black Mask — "long unavailable" (query — never in book form before?). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Judicious editors Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett provide a notable addendum to the Hammett canon, even if both tales and their brief addendum read like screen treatments and the volume's title perpetuates the canard that the thin man is Nick Charles."
Yet another trip to the Hammett archive discloses the two screen stories on which the films After the Thin Man (1936) and Another Thin Man (1939) were based, along with a bonus, an unproduced (and probably unproducible) outline for a Sequel to The Thin Man.Read full book review >

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THE BIG BOOK OF THE CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Of course the stories are uneven, often overlong and over-explained, and occasionally, like the all-too-aptly titled 'This King Business,' just plain silly. No matter. Fans of hard-boiled fiction will know the holy grail when they see it."
At long last, Black Lizard collects all 28 of the Op's completed stories, plus the opening chapter of one incomplete tale and the original Black Mask serializations of the novels that were revised and published as Red Harvest and The Dain Curse. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A fine rendering of Hammett's life in his own words—and a remarkable slice of Americana."
An illuminating collection of the famed writer's letters. Read full book review >

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LOST STORIES by Dashiell; Ed. by Vince Emery Hammett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Most valuable for the light they shed on Hammett's incomparable novels, these stories are indispensable for hardcore fans."
Scraping the bottom of the Hammett barrel, editor Emery comes up with 21 stories, linking them and padding them out with a running commentary on the hardboiled king's life and work. Read full book review >

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TWO PROSPECTORS by Chad Hammett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A bright pathway directly into the hearts and minds of two compelling men."
A decadeslong friendship between the writer and his former father-in-law, revealed in a collection of letters, notes and transcripts. Read full book review >