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The Hunter and Other Stories

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  38 reviews
THE HUNTER AND OTHER STORIES is a unique literary publication from one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Dashiell Hammett. This volume includes both new Hammett stories gleaned from his personal archives along with screen treatments long buried in film-industry files. The best of Dashiell Hammett's unfamiliar treasures have been rescued from deep in these archives: scr ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published November 4th 2013 by Mysterious Press
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Christopher (Donut)
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
These were stories which Hammett himself never published (there may be one or two which have been unearthed from very obscure publications).

I can't be very particular about what was good and what was bad in this collection, because I borrowed it from the library and didn't take notes.

For true admirers of Hammett's published work, especially his epoch-making Continental Op stories, there will be little here to enjoy. I think "Action and the Quiz Kid" was the one story with
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hunter and Other Stories is mainly a collection of unpublished Hammett stories for the fans of the pulp master. About 20 stories divided into 5 arbitrary sections, these are Hammett's attempt to broaden his horizon beyond hard-boiled crime. Each section comes with a foreword from the publishers that adds little of value and is almost utterly useless. He has occasionally written good non-crime short fiction before like His Brother's Keeper and some more of it pops up here. But for the most pa ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read four of Hammett's novels, I came to this book viewing him as something of a first-rate underachiever. Maltese Falcon aside, I came away from Red Harvest, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man with the same feeling: that these were essentially B-novels elevated by Hammett's mastery of prose and noir atmosphere (among other things).

Therefore I was pretty happy to come across this collection and see his more ambitious side. The stories collected here showcase Hammett's talents awa
Gloria Feit
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This collection of mostly previously unpublished stories found in various sources shows Dashiell Hammett as a versatile and gifted writer of more than just crime stories. It spans from the early twenties through various phases of his life and is grouped in four subject categories: Crime, of course; Men, Men and Women; and, Screen stories. It includes 17 short stories and three screen stories.

In an appendix, the beginning of a Sam Spade story or novel is included by special arrangemen
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having only read Hammett's novels, I was taken aback by the skill and mastery he brought to storytelling. I'm not the biggest fan of short stories, but every one of Hammett's tales - be they two pages or ten - develops with such vivid detail that it quickly engrosses readers. His stories come to life; they are worlds briefly inhabited, and with their close they continue to loom large in the mind. Oftentimes, Hammett works with less so that what's unsaid becomes a far more powerful force than in ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I haven't "read" a lot of his work, instead I watched and loved the movies his stories became. This final body of work would be better appreciated by a Hammett enthusiast. Which I kind of am, all that he stood for and went thru and that incredible romance with Lillian Hellman. I think I'll stick with reading his main stream books.

Still, I'd recommend this for those who love this time is a treasure.
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
If you like leftovers – orts – and I do, then you’ll enjoy this collection of stories and film treatments and fragments, by Dashiell Hammett, many never published before. For the diehard fan, this is a must; for the casual reader, you will find everything you might have in your fridge, including whatever that is in the back of the shelf.
Rita Gorra
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was refreshing to see how a writer starts then fills out his stories. I am a long time fan and perhaps when I was younger, would have been frustrated with no resolution or continuity to some of the stories.
BUT, this was explained at the front and at each introduction, so I was not surprised.

I did like the stories that were more like the 'Sam Spade' type, than the rather sad and pathetic type. Realistic, though.

All in all, a good read.
Randolph A Rossi
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard-boiled Detectives and more in this Book.

The book of short stories was very enjoyable. I think that the last three incomplete stories shouldn’t have been included. The explanation given for including them was absurd because the author writes Pulp fiction which is enjoyable but not to be studied like it’s a classic art form.
Jack Harvey
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
A collection of mostly unpublished shorts, none of which feature the Continental Op or Sam Spade*, Hammett's most famous creations. Interesting to see his writing outside of the hard-boiled crime genre that he pretty much created, but it does not match up to those classics. For completists only.
* not technically true, there are the opening pages of an incomplete Sam Spade.
Jack Goodstein
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
There are times when an author is best served by not publishing his lesser work. Although there are exceptions, most of the work in this volume adds little to Hammett's reputation. Also the editorial commentary could be more illuminating.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.4 stars
Carlton Moore
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The noir era is a cool era.
Morgan McGuire
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
These stories aren't lesser-known and hard to find because someone was trying to keep the good stuff from you.
David Kinchen
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Hunter and Other Stories': Vintage Dashiell Hammett Stories Still Entertain -- and Will Introduce a New Generation to One of America's Greatest Writers

Decades before Quentin Tarantino used the aliases Mr. White, Mr. Brown, etc. in his 1992 debut movie "Reservoir Dogs", Dashiell Hammett used similar names in his story "On the Make" -- included in a collection of Hammett short fiction writing, "The Hunter and Other Stories" edited by Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett, (T
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A copy of this book was received as part of the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

I was very excited to receive The Hunter and Other Stories by Dashiell Hammett and edited by Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett. I have long been a fan of Dashiell Hammett's novels but have never had a chance to read any of his short stories. The Hunter is a collection of stories written throughout Hammett's career; several have been previously published but most are unpublished works. It is a fascinating
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Hunter and Other Stories is a collection of stories by writer Dashiell Hammet which either have never been published or haven’t been published for over 80 years. Included are not only crime tales but stories from other genres including, perhaps most surprisingly, a fantasy tale called Magic – truly weird. There are even fragments of other stories, failed concepts or false starts, which are not only interesting in themselves but give insight into how hard he worked at his writing

Wayne McCoy
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
'The Hunter and Other Stories' collects 17 short stories and 3 screenplays by Dashiell Hammett. Most have never been published, but they are not unknown among Hammett scholars.

The stories come from various times in Mr. Hammett's career and are grouped into four categories: Crime, Men, Men and Women and Screenplays. Each section begins with a commentary giving origins and any publishing (or attempted publishing) history. You won't find the type of stories that he is known for, but you will find
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am an unabashed fan of the great Dashiell Hammett. Or should I say, of his noir crime/detective fiction. Which was pretty much all there was to know before this new collection was published.

Sadly for me, I found these non-crime stories pretty hard going. Writing for a broader audience, such as that of The Saturday Evening Post, Hammett suppresses his acerbic incisiveness - and to my mind, just doesn't develop interesting stories.

The e-book edition of The Hunter and Other Stories includes some
Neil McCrea
This is the literary equivalent of a b-sides and rarities album. If you are a pulp fiction scholar or a Dashiell Hammett die hard, then this is a must have. Period. That said, if you are a newcomer to Hammett you'll find the work solid, but will wonder where the magic is.

It's fascinating to read Hammett writing in the 3rd person, only one story is written from his typical 1st person perspective, and it's enlightening to watch his attempts at Hemmingway pastiche. I will certainly trea
P.e. lolo
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic
This is a fantastic book especially if you are a fan of Dashell Hammett which I am. I thoroughly enjoy his reading and still to this day like the Thin man series. Along with his other novels I was surprised to come across some of these writings that had never been publish before. Makes me want to go back and re read some of those novels that I have read in years. One thing I did not know is that at one time he worked as a Pinkerton Detective. That was very interesting and in a way explained some ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The editors of this collection package it in a way that accentuates Hammett's range, as he tackles a diverse range of topics that depart from the hard-boiled style he popularized. While the quality of writing is consistently impressive, regardless of the content, few of the stories jump out and make you wonder how they could have possibly fallen between the cracks all these years. For fans, it is nevertheless exciting to read "new" Hammett tales; however, I would not recommend this collection fo ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
got it for 2-13 Chanukah from Adam and Logan.
Dashiell Mammett short stories and scripts not read before.
I am one of those that do, in fact, prefer the detective stuff. Not just Sam S

My favorite story is 5 stars = On The make about private detective Gene Richmond, a con artist with
charm and likability.
I did enjoy the very short short story A Knife Will Cut For Anybody with Sam Spade.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great collection of previously uncollected Hammett works. I like his dialogue. Even in his short stories his dialogue is stellar. He was such a great writer. When he started writing for movies, and became so polished, I was happy to see the development, from screenplay to film. I love the Thin Man films and the Maltese Falcon (book and movie). Just a great writer, and this was a very good collection. Not a dud in the bunch!
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I gave it 5 stars mainly because of the chance to read anything Hammett wrote that I haven't read numerous times. If you're looking for more of the same of his work that has been previously published, then this probably isn't for you. If, on the other hand, you are a true Hammett aficionado, then you will welcome the chance to read stories you haven't seen before.
Mike Zone
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some of the stories are hit and miss but the film treatments alone are worth the read. Delivers a devastating blow to the stereotype of Hammet as solely a hard-boiled detective writer. Stories such as: "Faith", "Nelson Redline", "The Breech Born""An Inch and a Half of Glory" and "On the Way" are a wonderful testament to that.
Tessa Wigglesworth
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a little hard to read as it is a collection of unfinished, unpublished, and/or fragmented works. However, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It feels a little like getting a secret peek at the inner workings of the writing process. If you are a true fan of this type of classic crime story, you will most likely enjoy this collection.
Michael Brown
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
the screen selections were interesting in how a story was outlined and choreographed as a quick synopsis of action / direction / and partial dialogue. the short stories were interesting in that they showed a far different style than what I have always liked about his hard detective format. while this was a good read I was not really pleased with the overall read.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
These stories were a bit hit and miss, though some of the hits are the longer ones.

Overall, I was left with an impression of a book that seemed better than it had been while reading it, so I gave it four stars.

I have no idea if that's a good idea or not.
Nev Percy
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nev by: Steve
It was readable.
But it's for the dedicated aficionado. I wouldn't recommend spending the time on this one until after you've read The Maltese Falcon and decided to really study the rest of the Hammett corpus.
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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 influe
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