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'Not just the first of the tough school of crime-writing but the best' THE TIMES

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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.


The Continental Op is the first fully hard-boiled hero in American letters. - The New YorkerHammett's prose was clean and entirely unique. His characters were as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction. - New York TimesHammett took murder out of the Venetian vase and dropped it into the alley... [he] gave murder back to the people who commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse. - Raymond ChandlerDashiell Hammett is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer. - Boston GlobeGreat crime fiction started with Hammett. - James EllroyHammett was breaking new ground in every book he wrote. - George Pelecanos

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