Dashiell Hammett


Born
in St. Mary's County, Maryland, The United States
May 27, 1894

Died
January 10, 1961

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Also wrote as Peter Collinson, Daghull Hammett, Samuel Dashiell, Mary Jane Hammett

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hardboiled detective novels and short stories. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). In addition to the significant influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time" and was called, in his obituary in the New York Times, "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction."

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The Maltese Falcon

3.91 avg rating — 84,862 ratings — published 1929 — 826 editions
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The Thin Man

3.95 avg rating — 26,558 ratings — published 1934 — 428 editions
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Red Harvest

3.97 avg rating — 22,347 ratings — published 1929 — 370 editions
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The Glass Key

3.95 avg rating — 10,707 ratings — published 1931 — 274 editions
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The Continental Op

4.15 avg rating — 5,979 ratings — published 1930 — 43 editions
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The Dain Curse

3.83 avg rating — 6,546 ratings — published 1929 — 208 editions
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The Maltese Falcon, The Thi...

4.31 avg rating — 1,800 ratings — published 1987 — 4 editions
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Complete Novels: Red Harves...

4.40 avg rating — 2,002 ratings — published 1942 — 27 editions
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“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man

“Who shot him? I asked.
The grey man scratched the back of his neck and said: Somebody with a gun.”
Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest

“He looked rather pleasantly, like a blonde satan.”
Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

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