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Hammett, Dashiell 1894-1961

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Works: 1,172 works in 3,539 publications in 10 languages and 77,384 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Detective and mystery stories  Detective and mystery stories, American  Records and correspondence  History  Audio adaptations 
Roles: Author of screenplay, Compiler, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Other, Contributor, Editor
Classifications: PS3515.A4347, 813.52
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The Maltese falcon by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
201 editions published between 1928 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 6,031 libraries worldwide
A murder involves Sam Spade in a dangerous search for a valuable statue
The thin man by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
128 editions published between 1932 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,424 libraries worldwide
Nick Charles searches for a wealthy inventor who is the prime suspect in a New York City murder case
Complete novels: Red harvest ; The Dain curse ; The Maltese falcon ; The glass key ; The thin man by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
23 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 2,092 libraries worldwide
"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."--BOOK JACKET
The novels of Dashiell Hammett by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
23 editions published between 1965 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,003 libraries worldwide
Contents : Red Harvest. The Dain Curse. The Maltese Falcon. The Glass Key. The Thin Man
The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
50 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,829 libraries worldwide
A collection of stories about Hammett's famous detective
The Maltese falcon by Dashiell Hammett( Sound Recording )
60 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,763 libraries worldwide
Sam Spade's partner is murdered while working on a case, and it is Spade's responsibility to find the killer. In his search, Spade runs mortal risks as he comes closer to the answer
Crime stories and other writings by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
16 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 1,675 libraries worldwide
In the stories and novellas he wrote for Black Mask and other pulp magazines in the 1920s and 1930s, Dashiell Hammett took the detective story and turned it into a medium for capturing the jarring textures and revved-up cadences of modern American life. In this volume, The Library of America collects the finest of these stories: 24 in all, along with some revealing essays and an earlier version of his novel The Thin Man. Mixing melodramatic panache and poker-faced comedy, a sensitivity to place and a perceptive grasp of social conflict, Hammett's stories are hard-edged entertainments for an era of headlong change and extravagant violence. For the heroic sagas of earlier eras Hammett substituted the up-tempo, devious, sometimes nearly nihilistic exploits of con men and blackmailers, fake spiritualists and thieving politicians, slumming socialites and deadpan assassins. As a guide through this underworld he created the Continental Op, the nameless, laconic detective, world-weary and unblinking, who serves as protagonist of most of these stories. The deliberately unheroic Op is separated only by his code of professionalism from the brutality and corruption that run rampant in stories such as "Zigzags of Treachery," "Dead Yellow Women," "Fly Paper," and "$106,000 Blood Money." Hammett's years of experience as a Pinkerton detective give even his most outlandishly plotted mysteries a gritty credibility, and his intimate knowledge of San Francisco made him the perfect chronicler of that city's waterfronts, back alleys, police stations, and luxury hotels. By connecting crime fiction to the realities of American streets and American speech, his Black Mask stories opened up new vistas for generations of writers and readers. In the most comprehensive collection of his stories ever published, read the Hammett you've never read: reprinted here for the first time are the texts that originally appeared in the 1920's & 1930's pulps, without the cuts & revisions introduced by later editors. Also included are revealing essays & an early version of the novel The Thin Man
The glass key by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
82 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,616 libraries worldwide
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 good job of framing him' Dashiell Hammett's tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Dashiell Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel. This classic Hammet work of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. From the Trade Paperback edition
Red harvest by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
65 editions published between 1929 and 2013 in English and held by 1,476 libraries worldwide
When a hard-fighting detective arrives in Personville and finds that his client has been murdered, he decides to investigate local gangland activities
Woman in the dark : a novel of dangerous romance by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
21 editions published between 1933 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,339 libraries worldwide
A hurt and frightened woman, pursued by mysterious, menacing strangers, is taken in by a couple in an isolated house
Nightmare town : stories by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
17 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 1,299 libraries worldwide
"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 him. "The Second-Story Angel" recounts one of the most novel cons ever devised. In seven stories, the tough and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of the deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shows his uncanny ability to get at the truth. In three stories, Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes. And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying."--Jacket
The big knockover; selected stories and short novels by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
16 editions published between 1966 and 1989 in English and held by 1,273 libraries worldwide
Short fictional works by the modern American writer explore the world of crime and violence, mysterious women, and hard-hitting private detectives
Return of the Thin Man : the original screen stories by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,068 libraries worldwide
After the Thin Man (Nick and Nora investigate a love triangle gone wrong after a dead man is discovered at their door) -- Another Thin Man (After a wealthy business partner of Nora's father's is murdered, Nick and Nora's investigation brings them into the killer's crosshairs)
The Dain curse by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
41 editions published between 1928 and 2013 in English and held by 946 libraries worldwide
A routine investigation of a diamond robbery involves an insurance detective in a bizarre case of murder, and cult worship
Dashiell Hammett : five complete novels by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
13 editions published between 1965 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 860 libraries worldwide
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
Another thin man ( visu )
3 editions published between 1939 and 2011 in English and held by 754 libraries worldwide
"Dum-Dum, Wacky, Creeps, Fingers: They're just a few of the hoodlums in the world of amateur sleuths and professional bon vivants Nick & Nora Charles. And now there's a new hood: parenthood."--Container
Song of the thin man ( visu )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 742 libraries worldwide
"At a charity gambling benefit aboard the S.S. Fortune, the tables are hot, the jazz is hotter and before you know it, a bandleader's body is growing cold. They're playing your song Nick and Nora Charles!"--Container
Shadow of the thin man ( visu )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 737 libraries worldwide
A jockey who threw a race is murdered in the locker room. Nick & Nora Charles are off to the races on another case of murder, mirth and perfect martinis
The thin man goes home ( visu )
2 editions published in 2005 in No Linguistic Content and English and held by 723 libraries worldwide
"Outlaws come and go in Nick & Nora's lives. Now it's time to meet the in-laws. The debonair sleuths leave little Nicky Jr. at boarding school, grab Asta and head to Nick's boyhood home of Sycamore Springs."--Container
The Maltese falcon ; The thin man ; Red harvest by Dashiell Hammett( Book )
5 editions published between 1956 and 2000 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide
Three novels involving private detectives and shady characters tackle homicide, treachery, and corruption
 
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Alternative Names
Buchan, John
Chamet, Dasiel, 1894-1961
Collinson Peter 1894-1961
Hamit, Dashīl, 1894-1961
Hāmīt, Dāšīl, 1894-1961
Hammet, Dashiel
Hammet, Dashiell
Hammets, Dešils, 1894-1961
Hammett, Dashiel
Hammett, Dashiel Samuel
Hammett, Dashiell
Hammett, Samuel D.- 1894-1961
Hammett, Samuel Dashiell.
Hammett, Samuel Dashiell, 1894-1961
Hemets, Dešels, 1894-1961
Khėmmet, Dėshil, 1894-1961
Хэммет, Дэшил, 1894-1961
האמט, דשײל, 1894־1961
המט, דשיאל, 1894-1961
داشيل هاميت، 1894-1961
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