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Complete Novels by Dashiell Hammett
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Oct 15, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 2006

It was no marketing agent, but the caustic wit of Raymond Chandler that had found that particular epithet to describe dashiell Hammett, because only he could keep on writing certain things consistently for a considerable period withour anyone ever being able to write like him (Hemmingway did, but he belongs to another universe altogether). The novels included in this collection have been characterised as the epitome of hardboiled mystery, and have been accepted as literature that can belittle many a high-brow stuff, to the consternation of several high-brow people. So, I would not like to go into them. The book adheres to the usual high standards of Library of America, and should be a treasure for any lover of mystery, and any lover of fiction that had almost single-handedly delineated the shape of American literature of a particular period despite firmly belonging to a "genre". Highly recommended.

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