Hammett's Moral Vision: The Most Influential In-Depth Analysis of Dashiell Hammett's Novels Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man

Hammett's Moral Vision: The Most Influential In-Depth Analysis of Dashiell Hammett's Novels Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man

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by George J. "Rhino" Thompson
     
 

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Previously only available serialized over seven issues of The Armchair Detective magazine, this examination is the single most influential book-length analysis of Dashiell Hammett’s novels. Spanning all sections of his career, the book discusses five novels: The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, The Maltese Falcon, Red Harvest, and The Thin Man<

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Previously only available serialized over seven issues of The Armchair Detective magazine, this examination is the single most influential book-length analysis of Dashiell Hammett’s novels. Spanning all sections of his career, the book discusses five novels: The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, The Maltese Falcon, Red Harvest, and The Thin Man. Detailed analysis shows how the author and his work changed over time. Each novel is discussed in its own chapter with comparative criticism, and there is a list of resources for further reading and research. Additionally, this compiled text includes a new chapter in which the author discusses the impact Hammett has had on his own life.

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"Hammett continues to thrill and fascinate mystery readers and writers, and Thompson's work offers deep insight into his novels."  —Library Journal

"Dashiell Hammett aficionados will be grateful for Thompson's erudite Hammett's Moral Vision, a work that offers fresh insights."  —Wall Street Journal

"Incredibly well done, beautifully researched, and displaying tremendous insight into what made Hammett tick as a writer. . . . [Thompson's] vision is timeless."  —William F. Nolan, author, Logan's Run and Hammett: A Life at the Edge

"Given its high quality and influence on later Hammett critics, it's surprising this pioneering study has not appeared previously."  —Mystery Scene

"One of the most intelligent critics of Hammett's work."  —Julian Symons, author, Dashiell Hammett

"One of the best books of 2007."  —January Magazine

"If you haven't read Thompson, you don't know Hammett."  —Vince Emery

January Magazine
One of the best books of 2007
Library Journal

Thompson's study of Dashiell Hammett's novels initially was serialized in The Armchair Detectivefrom 1973 to 1975 and is well known among Hammett heads. Almost impossible to find decades later, the piece here appears in its entirety, along with an intro by Hammett biographer William F. Nolan. Thompson provides a general overview of Hammett's work, dedicating a chapter apiece to his five novels. Hammett continues to thrill and fascinate mystery readers andwriters, and Thompson's work offers deep insight into his novels.


—Michael Rogers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972589833
Publisher:
Vince Emery Productions
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
The Ace Performer Collection series
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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If you haven't read Thompson, you don't know Hammett.

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