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.
About the Author
George J. “Rhino” Thompson is the author of Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion and Verbal Judo: Redirecting Behavior with Words. He has also been featured on the network news programs of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC,as well as in the Los Angeles Times and New York Post. He lives in New York City. William F. Nolan is the author of Logan's Run and Hammett: A Life at the Edge.
Table of Contents
Preface: If You Haven't Read Thompson Vince Emery 1
Introduction: In Hammett Country William F. Nolan 5
Hammett's Moral Vision: Three Decades and a Hot Tub Later 11
Moral Vision: What and Why 25
Red Harvest: The Pragmatic and Moral Dilemma 35
The Dain Curse: A New Direction 69
The Maltese Falcon: The Emergence of the Hero 93
The Glass Key: The Darkening Vision 133
The Thin Man: The End Game 165
Conclusion: Form and Substance, an Overview 191
About the Contributors 241
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