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A former Pinkerton Detective, Dashiell Hammett's gritty novels are classic hard-boiled detective stories.

Samuel Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) is recognized as the first master of hard-boiled detective fiction. His lean writing style, cynical characters and complex plots brought a new energy to pulp magazines then went on to define the genre in movies, radio and television where the private eye series became an entertainment staple.



  • These are the first of Hammett's Sam Spade... by James L. Swanson - Feb 1, 98 (#1 of 145)
  • He connived with crooks, for his own ends and... by John Zaphiriou - Mar 3, 98 (#2 of 145)
  • Hi -- I've been posting messages about the great... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Jul 8, 98 (#3 of 145)
  • Barbara -- I would have wanted to know, too!.. by Elziabeth Hayes - Jul 10, 98 (#4 of 145)
  • Barbara -- love your allusions... by Elziabeth Hayes - Jul 13, 98 (#5 of 145)
  • Hi, Elizabeth...as far as I know (and I am by no... by Stuart Hall - Jul 13, 98 (#6 of 145)
  • Stuart -- Short fiction is usually more compelling... by Paul Bergin - Jul 13, 98 (#7 of 145)
  • Hi, Paul...We agree on a lot of your post... by Stuart Hall - Jul 14, 98 (#8 of 145)
  • Hi guys -- I'm so pleased to see lively debate!.. by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Jul 14, 98 (#9 of 145)
  • Don't get me wrong... by Paul Bergin - Jul 14, 98 (#10 of 145)
  • Hello, folks...Elizabeth, you cannot fathom how... by Stuart Hall - Jul 14, 98 (#11 of 145)
  • Stuart, methinks you are confusing Lew Archer with... by Paul Bergin - Jul 15, 98 (#12 of 145)
  • Absolutely... by Stuart Hall - Jul 15, 98 (#13 of 145)
  • Hard to miss. by Paul Bergin - Jul 15, 98 (#14 of 145)
  • Hi guys-- upon your recommendation, Paul, I will... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Jul 15, 98 (#15 of 145)
  • While it is true that I prefer hardboiled (I... by Paul Bergin - Jul 16, 98 (#16 of 145)
  • I understand your feelings about Thin Man, but I... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Jul 16, 98 (#17 of 145)
  • Ah, Elizabeth!.. by Paul Bergin - Jul 17, 98 (#18 of 145)
  • Elizabeth--I think the color in the title is about... by Stuart Hall - Jul 19, 98 (#19 of 145)
  • Did Asta drink?.. by Paul Bergin - Jul 19, 98 (#20 of 145)
  • Hello Paul and Stuart (et al.) I am humbled before... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Jul 20, 98 (#21 of 145)
  • I seem to remember a sequence which had Asta... by Stuart Hall - Jul 20, 98 (#22 of 145)
  • You want colorful titles?.. by Paul Bergin - Jul 20, 98 (#23 of 145)
  • So, Paul, you know this author Pronzini... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Jul 22, 98 (#24 of 145)
  • Elizabeth --- A long time ago, I wrote several... by Paul Bergin - Jul 22, 98 (#25 of 145)
  • Yeah, Paul...thought you might be an author or a... by Stuart Hall - Jul 23, 98 (#26 of 145)
  • Stuart --- You mention Chester Himes (one of the... by Paul Bergin - Jul 23, 98 (#27 of 145)
  • I'm not a big Hammett fan, not as much as I am of... by Paul Watson - Jul 23, 98 (#28 of 145)
  • Ah, yes... by Paul Bergin - Jul 23, 98 (#29 of 145)
  • Paul (B, in light of our new friend)--you're... by Stuart Hall - Jul 24, 98 (#30 of 145)
  • Hello, Paul and Stuart, and welcome, Watson... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Jul 24, 98 (#31 of 145)
  • Stu -- You're right... by Paul Bergin - Jul 24, 98 (#32 of 145)
  • I meant to tack this on the last post and... by Paul Bergin - Jul 24, 98 (#33 of 145)
  • Paul B: sorvinosorvinosorvino... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Jul 27, 98 (#34 of 145)
  • I've got to write an essay on Dashiell Hammett's... by Laetitia Caillet - Jul 28, 98 (#35 of 145)
  • There really is only one woman of any note -- Miss... by Paul Bergin - Jul 29, 98 (#36 of 145)
  • Stuart wrote: Re: casting for the Op...I dunno... by Paul Watson - Aug 3, 98 (#37 of 145)
  • Sam Spade wasn't a particularly likely fellow, you... by P Marlowe - Aug 20, 98 (#38 of 145)
  • P Marlowe!.. by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Aug 25, 98 (#39 of 145)
  • Elizabeth - sorry for typing boo-boo, meant... by P Marlowe - Aug 25, 98 (#40 of 145)
  • Wow P, Thanks for the info... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Aug 28, 98 (#41 of 145)
  • Liz -- Don Herron (who now has a pretty good book... by Paul Bergin - Aug 28, 98 (#42 of 145)
  • Hard to say, Elizabeth, know the Black Bird isn't... by P Marlowe - Aug 28, 98 (#43 of 145)
  • I guess it's true that most mystery authors are... by Kenneth Clarke - Dec 21, 98 (#44 of 145)
  • Mr... by Elizabeth Hayes Smith - Feb 4, 99 (#45 of 145)
  • Elizabeth For more info on Steve Allen and his... by Fran Hinkel - Feb 5, 99 (#46 of 145)
  • Does anyone know anything about the Dashiell... by Brigid O'Shaugnessy - Apr 8, 99 (#47 of 145)
  • I read recently in an article about Dashiell... by David Matthews - Apr 14, 99 (#48 of 145)
  • David-- It's been a while since I"ve read The... by C.K. Dexter-Haven - Apr 15, 99 (#49 of 145)
  • You're right I shouldn't be too hard on poor old... by David Matthews - Apr 16, 99 (#50 of 145)
  • Hmmm... by C.K. Dexter-Haven - Apr 17, 99 (#51 of 145)
  • Well I must admit that the only Jane Austen I've... by David Matthews - Apr 17, 99 (#52 of 145)
  • I misquoted Dorothy there (some people can't get... by David Matthews - Apr 18, 99 (#53 of 145)
  • I don't know anything about the story about Dash... by Jennifer S. - May 5, 99 (#54 of 145)
  • thanks-- I actually found the listing... by Brigid O'Shaugnessy - May 6, 99 (#55 of 145)
  • With reference to Sam Spade being a likable... by Paula Becker - May 10, 99 (#56 of 145)
  • The interesting thing about Sam Spade is that he... by Brigid O'Shaugnessy - May 10, 99 (#57 of 145)
  • Sadly, Dashiell Hammett never sold another book... by Gary Brandner - May 12, 99 (#58 of 145)
  • Spare me your "Yoko Ono" theory as to Lillian... by Brigid O'Shaugnessy - May 13, 99 (#59 of 145)
  • I'm not a fan of Lillian Hellman's but I don't... by David Matthews - May 17, 99 (#60 of 145)
  • I saw "The Thin Man" on PBS for the first time in... by David Matthews - May 23, 99 (#61 of 145)
  • I think that movie came out after the Hayes Code... by Brigid O'Shaugnessy - May 28, 99 (#62 of 145)
  • Be careful comparing the character of Sam Spade to... by P Marlowe - May 29, 99 (#63 of 145)
  • P Marlowe I'm surprised you like Mike Hammer,... by David Matthews - May 30, 99 (#64 of 145)
  • Answer to David M... by Donna E. - Jun 1, 99 (#65 of 145)
  • Thank you Donna... by David Matthews - Jun 1, 99 (#66 of 145)
  • Hi All, Besides the fact that Dashiell Hammett... by Dave Rude - Jun 27, 99 (#67 of 145)
  • Or the fact the he loved the city, perhaps,... by P Marlowe - Jun 28, 99 (#68 of 145)
  • P Marlowe... by David Matthews - Jun 28, 99 (#69 of 145)
  • Can someone please tell me how many books Nick and... by joseph chaplin - Jul 26, 99 (#70 of 145)
  • joseph chaplin... by David Matthews - Jul 27, 99 (#71 of 145)
  • Nick and Nora also appeared in "After the Thin... by Paul Bergin - Jul 28, 99 (#72 of 145)
  • Hey-- I just started reading mysteries and... by Jason Callahan - Sep 16, 99 (#73 of 145)
  • I am pretty sure that the Op is never identified... by Art Fried - Sep 19, 99 (#74 of 145)
  • Sam Spade appeared in one book, and 3 short... by Adam D. Bormann - Nov 14, 99 (#75 of 145)
  • I am trying to find out which book or story... by paul e freiberger - Dec 16, 99 (#76 of 145)
  • Hi everyone... by Tim Sismey - Mar 30, 00 (#77 of 145)
  • Tim Sismey, once again you've hit the nail on the... by P Marlowe - Mar 30, 00 (#78 of 145)
  • I thought it was 'Yojimbo', but there you go... by Tim Sismey - Mar 31, 00 (#79 of 145)
  • Sorry, you're right it was... by P Marlowe - Apr 7, 00 (#80 of 145)
  • No problem... by Tim Sismey - Apr 10, 00 (#81 of 145)
  • And wasn't as awful as critics said - I watched it... by P Marlowe - Apr 22, 00 (#82 of 145)
  • While leafing through my copy of THE MALTESE... by David Matthews - Apr 22, 00 (#83 of 145)
  • David Matthews, I'd have to agree or again there... by P Marlowe - Apr 28, 00 (#84 of 145)
  • I think the 'blond satan' description is fantastic... by Tim Sismey - May 2, 00 (#85 of 145)
  • Clarification on a point would be appreciated... by Tim Johnson - Mar 15, 01 (#86 of 145)
  • I think so - although I'm a bit hazy on... by Tim Sismey - Mar 19, 01 (#87 of 145)
  • A bit of trivia about Hammett's novel Red Harvest... by P Marlowe - Mar 31, 01 (#88 of 145)
  • True - take a look above (posts 78-83) for more on... by Tim Sismey - Apr 2, 01 (#89 of 145)
  • It was very good, Tim - definitely the stuff of... by P Marlowe - Apr 7, 01 (#90 of 145)
  • Aha - My pet subject... by Tim Sismey - Apr 8, 01 (#91 of 145)
  • Did Dashiell hammett publish anything of... by marie waldron - Apr 18, 01 (#92 of 145)
  • Not really... by Tim Sismey - Apr 19, 01 (#93 of 145)
  • Tim - can there be any doubt that Marlowe is a... by P Marlowe - Apr 20, 01 (#94 of 145)
  • No doubt at all on the Marlowe front - the imagery... by Tim Sismey - Apr 22, 01 (#95 of 145)
  • Exactly, Tim... by P Marlowe - Apr 30, 01 (#96 of 145)
  • Thanks for the mini-symposium on modern... by Elaine West - May 2, 01 (#97 of 145)
  • Hi and welcome, Elaine... by P Marlowe - May 2, 01 (#98 of 145)
  • Hello Elaine!.. by Tim Sismey - May 3, 01 (#99 of 145)
  • Tim - Hadn't thought of Bridges, but you are on to... by P Marlowe - May 4, 01 (#100 of 145)
  • Yeah, it's one of those details that it's easy to... by Tim Sismey - May 6, 01 (#101 of 145)
  • As to the PI character - find him to be the first... by P Marlowe - May 10, 01 (#102 of 145)
  • But you have to wonder about the Continental Op... by Tim Sismey - May 11, 01 (#103 of 145)
  • Excuse me for barging in here... by David Matthews - May 13, 01 (#104 of 145)
  • Ta David... by Tim Sismey - May 14, 01 (#105 of 145)
  • I remember now that there was a TV mini series... by David Matthews - May 14, 01 (#106 of 145)
  • Incidentally, despite the poor reviews, I enjoyed... by David Matthews - May 14, 01 (#107 of 145)
  • How about "Yojimbo," David?.. by P Marlowe - May 17, 01 (#108 of 145)
  • Thing is, I think that's one reason why we might... by Tim Sismey - May 18, 01 (#109 of 145)
  • Exactly!.. by P Marlowe - May 18, 01 (#110 of 145)
  • Hello, I just discovered this site and I am a... by Brian Thornton - Jul 20, 01 (#111 of 145)
  • Glad to have you here, Brian... by Tim Sismey - Jul 29, 01 (#112 of 145)
  • Thanks Tim!.. by Brian Thornton - Aug 2, 01 (#113 of 145)
  • What do people think of 'The Dain Curse'?.. by Tim Sismey - Aug 7, 01 (#114 of 145)
  • I wouldn't ever call Philip Marlowe sentimental ... by P Marlowe - Aug 31, 01 (#115 of 145)
  • It occurred to me recently that there is a Coen... by Brian Thornton - Sep 6, 01 (#116 of 145)
  • Miller's Crossing... by Tim Sismey - Sep 7, 01 (#117 of 145)
  • After the Coen's unforgetable screen emergence... by P Marlowe - Sep 13, 01 (#118 of 145)
  • Both Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler were... by Mario Silva - Jul 7, 02 (#119 of 145)
  • Chandler sentimental?.. by P Marlowe - Jul 10, 02 (#120 of 145)
  • Well, may be Chandler was not a sentimental... by Mario Silva - Jul 13, 02 (#121 of 145)
  • Hi, everyone (anyone?) I just discovered the... by Mike Humbert - Oct 6, 02 (#122 of 145)
  • Mike Humbert, welcome... by P Marlowe - Oct 29, 02 (#123 of 145)
  • Hi, again, P Marlowe!.. by Mike Humbert - Nov 7, 02 (#124 of 145)
  • By the way, anyone interested in the tour can... by Mike Humbert - Nov 7, 02 (#125 of 145)
  • Wow, Mike, I live in the Bay Area and have never... by P Marlowe - Nov 8, 02 (#126 of 145)
  • No, the site of Archer's death was Burritt Alley,... by Mike Humbert - Nov 23, 02 (#127 of 145)
  • Great stuff, Mike... by P Marlowe - Nov 27, 02 (#128 of 145)
  • Hello All, Like others, I'm new to this site... by Steven Woodall - Jan 9, 03 (#129 of 145)
  • There was an HBO movie called Hammett many years... by Joe Roosth - May 17, 03 (#130 of 145)
  • I have to do a report for school,and I need some... by Steve Schifferet - May 19, 03 (#131 of 145)
  • I am a beginning writer of the detective genre and... by Robert Graves - May 31, 03 (#132 of 145)
  • Was wondering if anyone outthere knew what the... by matt martin - Aug 24, 03 (#133 of 145)
  • I'm a Norwegian writer and currently a student of ... by T.B.Hansen - Sep 17, 03 (#134 of 145)
  • I'm looking for the short story "On the Make" by ... by Paul Kramer - Nov 3, 03 (#135 of 145)
  • I love Hammett and his writings... by Antonio Hanks - Nov 19, 03 (#136 of 145)
  • Robert Graves - Since Chandler's protagonist... by P Marlowe - Dec 29, 03 (#137 of 145)
  • Dude!.. by Bob Johnson - Mar 11, 04 (#138 of 145)
  • Presuming you read and have read them all - pray... by P Marlowe - Mar 19, 04 (#139 of 145)
  • Hi!.. by kathy lavin - Jun 19, 04 (#140 of 145)
  • What was the tongue twister spoken by the actor... by james connolly - Aug 10, 06 (#141 of 145)
  • Two months ago I purchased a book entitled THE... by Michelle Vinje - Jul 17, 07 (#142 of 145)
  • Hi Doug, Hammett sounds interesting... by nurse c - Nov 13, 08 (#143 of 145)
  • Oh, I just loved the Thin Man movies!.. by Fran Hinkel - May 4, 09 (#144 of 145)
  • I wish that TV movie documentary The Case of... by Patrick McIntosh - Apr 27, 16 (#145 of 145)

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