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1894-1961. 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 Same Spade, made the leap into immortality.


Woman In The Dark
by Dashiell Hammett

On a dark night a young woman seeks refuge at an isolated house. She is hurt and frightened. The man and woman who live there take her in. But their decency is utterly unequipped to deal with the Woman in the Dark, or with the designs of men who want her.

Dashiell Hammett, Detective, Writer.

Recognized as the innovator of the hard-boiled detective novel, Dashiell Hammett succeeded in elevating the pulp genre to the level of fine literature. Drawing on his experiences for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, he wrote such influential novels as Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man all of which were adapted into major motion pictures. But at the hieght of his powers, this loose-living writer fell victim to excesses and saw his writing abilities diminish.

The Continental Op
by Dashiell Hammett

Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, DashiellHammett's Continental Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In this collection of short stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman called Whosis.

The Glass Key
by Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett's tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.