Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, screenplay writer, and political activist. He created enduring characters including Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse).
PRAISE FOR RETURN OF THE THIN MAN "This first unabridged appearance of two Nick and Nora Charles 'novellas' by Hammett should be an occasion for delight, and it is." --The Wall Street Journal "Read Return of the Thin Man and rediscover why Dashiell Hammett was the peerless master of crime fiction in all its dark and bloody glory." --New York Journal of Books "A volume no fan of Hammett's, of Nick and Nora Charles, of 'The Thin Man' series should even think of doing without." --The Huffington Post PRAISE FOR DASHIELL HAMMETT "I think Hammett's stories are about the best there are." --Ross MacDonald "Hammett's prose was clean and entirely unique. His characters were as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction." --The New York Times "Hammett . . . wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before." --Raymond Chandler "The exuberance of language, the relish with which seedieness is described . . . it's a pleasure to imagine young Hammett cutting loose with whatever rascally high jinks he could cook up." --Margaret Atwood "An acknowledged literary landmark." --The New York Times Book Review