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Vintage Hammett

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Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, The Continental Op. In his novels and stories, Dashiell Hammett created some of the most memorable characters--detectives, dames, and assorted miscreants--in twentieth-century fiction. It is nearly impossible to imagine modern American literature without Hammett.

Vintage Hammett features episodes from Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon, The Da
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Vintage (first published 2005)
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Mackenzie Brown
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the short stories in this collection, but found the extracts from Hammett's novels frusrating as I wanted to read more.

Nevertheless this book is an excellent taster for those interested the work of a master craftsman, when it comes to hard boiled detective stories, Hammett's narrative and dialogue seems effortless. I learned a lot from reading the superbly constructed short works in this book.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Hammett and there are some good pieces in here, but it includes excerpts from longer novels, which seems kind of pointless. Just go read those novels, especially "Red Harvest", instead of this sampler.
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
(Hoping this is the antidote to the cheesefest that was The Amber Room.)
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I adore Dashiell Hammett. Good if you love a mystery.
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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 nove
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