In a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel In the words of Raymond Chandler, Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse He put these people down on paper as they were, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes Beginning as a prolific contributor to the pulp magazines of the 1920s, he succeeded during his brief career in making his kind of crime fiction a crucial part of the fabric of American writing a genre that did not evade reality but rather embodied the grittiness and harshness of modern urban life.The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one Library of America volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishing the ground rules and characteristic tone for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing Drawing on his own experiences as a Pinkerton detective, Hammett gave a harshly realistic edge to novels that were at the same time infused with a spirit of romantic adventure His lean and deliberately simplified prose won admiration from such contemporaries as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner.Each novel is distinct in mood and structure.Red Harvest 1929 epitomizes the violence and momentum of hisBlack Maskstories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op In this raucous and nightmarish evocation of political corruption and gang warfare in a western mining town modeled on Butte, Montana nicknamed Poisonville, the Op takes Machiavellian pleasure in pitting one faction against another to bring about their mutual destruction The Op returns inThe Dain Curse 1929 to preside over a ornately melodramatic tale involving jewel theft, drugs, and a mysterious religious cult.WithThe 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 adventurers, 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 distinct from the rest of his work Paying 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....
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Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels ( Red Harvest / The Dain Curse / The Maltese Falcon / The Glass Key / The Thin Man ) Reviews
Dashiell Hammett was one of the few writers the great Raymond Chandler said he admired, and this collection makes it clear why. Hammett's plots are thick with the psychology of his characters, yet his writing is still spare and punchy, each sentence taut and well-considered. Chandler and Hammett are both masters of white space --that is, what is left unsaid is as well-figured as what is said. Hammett's readers are treated with respect and given the opportunity to piece together the mystery themselves, in just the right time, just one step behind the detective, which is exciting and engaging. The stories in this collection are full of intrigue, but also clever and brutal and funny and sad and very, very human. His stories like Red Harvest are quintessentially American, from an interesting and violent time in America's history when cities were growing fast and grappling with corruption, organized crime, labor struggles, and other "big city" problems often for the first time, while at the same time struggling to hold onto quaint "small-town" habits; a fascinating clash. The Maltese Falcon, on the other hand, has a wonderful international feel, full of unforgettable and exotic characters, great atmosphere, and tons of twists; it also features one of the all-time great Anti-heroes, the morally ambiguous and quite possibly reprehensible Sam Spade --one of the most famous detectives in the world, even though he only appeared in this one story! All of Hammett's stories are rich with American slang and patter, the phrasing and expressions often hilarious and always a true delight to read. I will wrap up by saying that I am not necessarily a fan of mystery, I am just a fan of great writing, and this collection really delivers. Also, these Library of Congress editions are well put-together: handsomely laid-out, strongly bound, well-annotated --and an incredibly good deal at this price. I have reread this book again and again since buying it; it belongs on the shelf of anyone who loves fantastic writing.
Dashell is tops,from the Continental Agency OP on. In the end of the compilation of his work is the Mr.& Mrs North stories.
I love hammett
This volume of Dashielle Hammetts most popular works is timeless and priceless and the best pieces of literature i have ever read.If you like detective fiction you will truly enjoy this volume and treasure the book which comes with its own beautiful book marker. I have to say in all honesty i had high expectations for the first two stories of this book Red Harvest and The Dains Curse many people enjoyed these two stories but, i have to say i didn't the detective the Op seemed one dimensional to me and was one of those knuckle dragging gumshoes who shoots first and solves questions later, not my type of detective at all, Sam Spade however is a tough guy but he is smart and the Maltese falcon is an awesome story so brains, brawn, and good plot go together like hand in glove. The glass key is an awesome story of political intrigue and the movie is very true to the book just like the maltese falcon i enjoyed it immensly. Now the thin man is my favorite, Nick Charles is my kind of detective suave, intelligent, tough, and full of humor and out of all the stories in this book the Thin man is the most enjoyable.