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Complete novels : Red harvest ; The Dain curse ; The Maltese falcon ; The glass key ; The thin man

Author: Dashiell Hammett
Publisher: New York : Literary Classics of the United States : Distributed by Penguin Books, ©1999.
Series: Library of America, 110.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel." "The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishing the ground rules for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing." "Each novel is distinct in mood and structure. Red Harvest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.
Complete novels.
New York : Literary Classics of the United States Inc., ©1999
(OCoLC)606365403
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dashiell Hammett
ISBN: 1883011671 9781883011673
OCLC Number: 40595240
Description: 967 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Red harvest --
The Dain curse --
The Maltese falcon --
The glass key --
The thin man.
Series Title: Library of America, 110.
Other Titles: Red harvest.
Dain curse.
Maltese falcon.
Glass key.
Thin man.
Novels
Responsibility: Dashiell Hammett.

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"In a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel." "The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishing the ground rules for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing." "Each novel is distinct in mood and structure. Red Harvest (1929), a raucous and nightmarish evocation of political corruption and gang warfare in a western mining town, epitomizes the violence and momentum of Hammett's Black Mask stories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op. The Op returns, in The Dain Curse (1929), to preside over a more ornately melodramatic tale involving jewel theft, drugs, and a mysterious religious cult. With The Maltese Falcon (1930), and its protagonist Sam Spade, Hammett achieved his most enduring popular success. A tightly constructed quest story with an unforgettable cast of eccentric adventures, it is at the same time shot through with a sense of disillusionment and the arbitrariness of personal destiny." "The Glass Key (1931), an exploration of city politics at their most scurrilous, traces intricate patterns of loyalty and betrayal in scenes charged with drama." "His last novel, The Thin Man (1934), is a ruefully comic tale that pays homage to the traditional mystery form. It is best remembered for its protagonists Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated inebriates who would enjoy a long afterlife in the movies."--Jacket.

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