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Dashiell Hammett
Dashiell Hammett

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Dashiell Samuel Hammett was born in St. Mary’s County. He grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Hammett left school at the age of fourteen and held several kinds of jobs thereafter—messenger boy, newsboy, clerk, operator, and stevedore, finally becoming an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. Sleuthing suited young Hammett, but World War I intervened, interrupting his work and injuring his health. When Sergeant Hammett was discharged from the last of several hospitals, he resumed detective work. He soon turned to writing, and in the late 1920s Hammett became the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. In The Maltese Falcon (1930)... Read More

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The Big Knockover
Selected Stories and Short Novels
Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00

Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to physical pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. He is also the hero of most of the nine stories in this volume. The Op's one enthusiasm is doing his job, and in The Big Knockover the jobs entail... Read more >

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The Continental Op

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00

Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman... Read more >

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The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Stories

Written by Dashiell Hammett
Introduction by James Ellroy


Format: Hardcover, 664 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $24.00

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The Dain Curse

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.00

The Continental Op is a short, squat, and utterly unsentimental tank of a private detective. Miss Gabrielle Dain Leggett is young, wealthy, and a devotee of morphine and religious cults. She has an unfortunate effect on the people around her: they have a habit of dying violently. Is Gabrielle the victim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Dain Curse

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 23, 2011
Price: $9.99

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The Glass Key

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00

Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully... Read more >
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The Glass Key

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Maltese Falcon

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.00

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients... Read more >
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The Maltese Falcon

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 2010
Price: $7.99

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The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Hardcover, 696 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $26.00

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Nightmare Town
Stories
Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.95

In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unraveling the dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts the brutal truth about her husband in the chilling story "Ruffian's Wife." "His Brother's Keeper" is a half-wit boxer's eulogy to the brother who betrayed... Read more >

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Red Harvest

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.00

When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty--even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain. Read more >
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Red Harvest

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 2010
Price: $9.99

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The Thin Man

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $13.95

Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners. Read more >
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The Thin Man

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 5, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Vintage Hammett

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $9.95

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 Dain... Read more >
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Vintage Hammett

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $8.99

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Woman in the Dark

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $12.00

Originally published in 1933, Hammett's Woman in the Dark shows the author at the peak of his narrative powers. With an introduction by Robert B. Parker, the author of the celebrated Spenser novels. Read more >
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