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Author: Dashiell Hammett
Publisher: New York : Avenel Books : Distributed by Crown Publishers, [1980], ©1965.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Avenel 1980 editionView all editions and formats
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Each novel is distinct in mood and structure. Red Harvest (1929) epitomizes the violence and momentum of his Black Mask stories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op, in a raucous and nightmarish evocation of political corruption and gang warfare in a western mining town. In The Dain Curse (1929) the Op returns in a more melodramatic tale involving jewel theft, drugs, and a religious cult. With The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Mystery fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.
Dashiell Hammett.
New York : Avenel Books : Distributed by Crown Publishers, [1980], ©1965
(OCoLC)903800084
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dashiell Hammett
ISBN: 0517338416 9780517338414 0517336286 9780517336281
OCLC Number: 7007261
Notes: Reprint of the edition published by Knopf, New York, under title: The novels of Dashiell Hammett.
Description: 726 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Red harvest --The Dain curse --The Maltese falcon --The glass key --The thin man.
Other Titles: Novels
Five complete novels

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Each novel is distinct in mood and structure. Red Harvest (1929) epitomizes the violence and momentum of his Black Mask stories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op, in a raucous and nightmarish evocation of political corruption and gang warfare in a western mining town. In The Dain Curse (1929) the Op returns in a more melodramatic tale involving jewel theft, drugs, and a religious cult. With The Maltese Falcon (1930) and its protagonist Sam Spade, Hammett achieved his most enduring popular success, a tightly constructed quest story shot through with a sense of disillusionment and the arbitrariness of personal destiny. The Glass Key (1931) is a further exploration of city politics at their most scurrilous. His last novel was The Thin Man (1934), a ruefully comic tale paying homage to the traditional mystery form and featuring Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated inebriates who would enjoy a long afterlife in the movies.

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