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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.

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T.B.Hansen - 10:55am Sep 17, 2003 PST(#134 of 145)

I'm a Norwegian writer and currently a student of literature at the University of Oslo.

Writing a paper on a Norwegian "noir" author, I can't find the place where the Continental Op says something to the effect that whatever solution he might find to a case is not necessarily the truth – but the most convenient of a number of possible solutions.

As I'll have to finish my paper "right now" I can't afford the time to browse through the complete works of Hammett to find it.

Anyone on this community whio have a clew?

---------------- T.B.Hansen Oslo, Norway

Paul Kramer - 04:47pm Nov 3, 2003 PST(#135 of 145)

I'm looking for the short story "On the Make" by Hammett. It was the basis for the film MISTER DYNAMITE (1935). Anybody know where to find the story? Thanks.

Antonio Hanks - 10:20am Nov 19, 2003 PST(#136 of 145)

I love Hammett and his writings. My favorite Hammett writing would be the "Thin Man" because its suspense and great twist and turn plot keeps me reading for hour on end. Thanks

P Marlowe - 12:24pm Dec 29, 2003 PST(#137 of 145)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Robert Graves -

Since Chandler's protagonist Philip Marlowe appears in every book, order is of no particular consequence. The books are not serial in nature nor will Marlowe make any life altering discoveries about his reality as he makes his way along those “Mean Streets.”

Hammett's books on the other hand contain a myriad of central characters and run the gamut of the sophisticated savoir faire Nick and Nora Charles, the tough man of no-name in “Red Harvest,” and the amoral Sam Spade of “The Maltese Falcon” again making reading order unessential.

Along with these two extraordinary often under-rated American Literary giants, may I also recommend Cornell Woolrich’s “Black” title series. The most of famous of which is “The Bride Wore Black.”

Bob Johnson - 09:00am Mar 11, 2004 PST(#138 of 145)



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P Marlowe - 02:58pm Mar 19, 2004 PST(#139 of 145)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Presuming you read and have read them all - pray tell us on what you base that long sad tale?

kathy lavin - 07:58pm Jun 19, 2004 PST(#140 of 145)

Hi! I'm trying to remember the exact words to a quote from Hammett. I believe it is from Red Harvest> it is to the effect :woman lie especially woman with blue eyes. If anyone knows the exact wording or what page i can locate it on. I have all 5 novels. I have been skimming them trying to locate it. thanx

james connolly - 10:58pm Aug 10, 2006 PST(#141 of 145)

What was the tongue twister spoken by the actor playing the part of Hammett in the film Roy Cohen?

Michelle Vinje - 09:59am Jul 17, 2007 PST(#142 of 145)

Two months ago I purchased a book entitled THE RADIO ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE by Martin Grams Jr. and I got my copy in the mail last week. (Just got published now.) I am amazed as how the author not only captured a wonderful history of the radio program, but plot descriptions, trivia and inside jokes for each and every radio episode from 1946 to 1951. Something I have not been able to find in any publication. Even includes a script for an episode that was never broadcast. Available from and Recommended for all Sam Spade and Hammett fans.

nurse c - 01:58pm Nov 13, 2008 PST(#143 of 145)

Hi Doug, Hammett sounds interesting. Think I'll start with The Thin Man. Catch you later, nurse c

Fran Hinkel - 08:43am May 4, 2009 PST(#144 of 145)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Oh, I just loved the Thin Man movies!

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Patrick McIntosh - 11:54am Apr 27, 2016 PST(#145 of 145)

I wish that TV movie documentary The Case of Dashiell Hammett 1982 produced by KQED was released on DVD.

It's criminal that it isn't.

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