Authors > Dashiell Hammett

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author, credited for making popular the hardboiled detective genre.

Hammett used his first hand knowledge of the detective buisness to create complex and exciting plots and memorable and believable characters. He worked for the famed Pinkerton detective agency until tuburculosis forced him to find a less taxing form of work. His most famous novel, The Maltese Falcon, introduced Sam Spade, a surly, self-assured detective that defined the hard boiled character.

After a relatively short writing career of nine years, Hammett brought his works to Hollywood where a number of his characters and stories, especially Sam Spade, made the leap into immortality.

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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.

Year: 1929     Genre: ActionHardboiled Detective

The Dain Curse

The Dain Curse is one of the Continental Op's most bizarre cases, and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.

Year: 1929     Genre: Hardboiled Detective

The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade, a slightly shop-worn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, stars in Hammett's detective fiction, a novel that has haunted several generations of readers. The Maltese Falcon is Hammett's most famous work.

Year: 1930     Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveStolen Goods

May 27, 1894 -- Jan 10, 1961

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Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1929Red HarvestAction, Hardboiled Detective, Continental Op
1929The Dain CurseHardboiled Detective, Continental Op
1930The Maltese FalconHardboiled Detective, Stolen Goods, San Francisco
1931The Glass KeyHardboiled Detective
1933The Thin ManMurder Mystery
1933Woman in the DarkCrime Fiction
1934Secret Agent X-9
by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond
Hero Pulps
1966The Big KnockoverHardboiled Detective, Continental Op, Short Stories
1974The Continental OpHardboiled Detective, Continental Op, Short Stories
1981Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett
by Richard Laymon
Biography, Non-Fiction
2000Nightmare TownHardboiled Detective, Short Stories
2014Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco
by Ed Sams
San Francisco, Non-Fiction
2017Hardboiled Activist
The Work and Politics of Dashiell Hammett
by Ken Fuller
Biography, Marxism, Non-Fiction
2017The Big Book of the Continental OpHardboiled Detective, Continental Op




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