The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

The Thin Man ; Red Harvest

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As an operative for Pinkertonâe(tm)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 âe" or because of âe" 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 âe~gave murder back to the kind of people that commit itâe(tm), as Raymond Chandler said. In so doing, he left his mark on modern fiction.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [2000]
ISBN: 9781857152630
9780375411250
0375411259
Branch Call Number: M HAMMETT
MYSTERY Hammett 2000
Characteristics: xliii, 644 p. ; 21 cm

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JCLAnneG Aug 28, 2017

There's a reason why Dashiell Hammett is considered a master of the Noir field. The Continental Op is exactly what you expect - trench coat, flask of scotch, pistol, and coming in to clean up without worrying about the rules he breaks while doing so. I loved visiting Poisonville in Red Harvest. And reading about Sam Spade in the Maltese Falcon made me want to find all the old Humphrey Bogart classics and watch them at once.

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