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Dashiell Hammett is the undisputed master of hardboiled detective fiction, and one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. Originally published in the October 1923 issue of Black Mask, 'Arson Plus' was one of his earliest published tales, and a defining early example of the genre he would go on to make his own. Many of the hardboiled and pulp detective stories, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works ...
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Overview

Dashiell Hammett is the undisputed master of hardboiled detective fiction, and one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. Originally published in the October 1923 issue of Black Mask, 'Arson Plus' was one of his earliest published tales, and a defining early example of the genre he would go on to make his own. Many of the hardboiled and pulp detective stories, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781447403975
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Dashiell Hammett
Dashiell Hammett
An elegant figure with a real background as a private eye, Hammett pioneered hard-boiled fiction with his plain-spoken dialogue and classic characters such as Sam Spade, Nick Charles, and the Continental Op. Opening the door for a slew of imitators, Hammett left an indelible mark with a relatively short body of work.

Biography

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) he first introduced his famous private eye, Sam Spade. The Thin Man (1932) offered another immortal sleuth, Nick Charles. Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most successful novels. During World War II, Hammett again served as sergeant in the Army, this time for more than two years, most of which he spent in the Aleutians.

Hammett's later life was marked in part by ill health, alcoholism, a period of imprisonment related to his alleged membership in the Communist Party, and by his long-time companion, the author Lillian Hellman, with whom he had a very volatile relationship. His attempt at autobiographical fiction survives in the story "Tulip," which is contained in the posthumous collection The Big Knockover (1966, edited by Lillian Hellman). Another volume of his stories, The Continental Op (1974, edited by Stephen Marcus), introduced the final Hammett character: the "Op," a nameless detective (or "operative") who displays little of his personality, making him a classic tough guy in the hard-boiled mold -- a bit like Hammett himself.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Samuel Dashiell Hammett (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 27, 1894
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Mary, Maryland
    1. Date of Death:
      January 10, 1961
    2. Place of Death:
      New York

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    Darkpelt

    It could work.

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    PRESENT.

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    Posted April 21, 2014

    Darkstar

    'The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World' by Margaret something. Rushriver, figure it out. XD

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    Posted April 23, 2014

    Gloweh

    Kk. (Im making a clan called Skyclan at blue skies res. 2 wanna be deputy?.)

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    Posted April 7, 2014

    FirePelt -OOC-

    xD...The name Hiro reminds Me of the TV Series Hero...Since the Chinese Dudes' name was Hiro..o-o

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    Posted April 7, 2014

    FirePelt

    He dipped His cranium low, a formal greeting to MoonShade. His auditorys swivled, mezmerized. 'StormBird had blue eyes like that..' He sighed, remembering His Forbidden love from HorseClan, moons ago. •~•FirePelt•~•

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    Posted April 6, 2014

    The foxes

    The fox growled and bit icetail snarling. The other two foxes whipped around and faced russetpaw, cornering the apprentice. The foirth fox advanced on Cloversuns kits, and picked up snowkit...

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    Posted April 18, 2014

    Cloversun

    Pantherkit, Leafkit, Brackenkit, Stormkit, Snowkit, and Shadowkit are ready to be apprenticed(snowkit, stormkit, and shadowkit were adopted)

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    Lilypaw

    Walking over to Russetpaw she asks"what happened to you?"

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    Posted April 4, 2014

    TO ALL HERE

    Join the very first clan of foxes! Foxes res. 1!

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    Posted April 15, 2014

    Mudfall

    "I also made you a cookie, but I eated it."

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    Posted March 31, 2014

    To shimmertail

    Meet me at 'bond' res 2<br>
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    "When will your leader be back?"

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    Rushriver

    ((Uh...is the Revolution allied with Bloodclan?....))

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    Posted April 5, 2014

    Jing

    Want to join worlds? I play from 7:30 to 8:30 that ok?l play on the computer my name is ironmanbob105 whats yours?

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