Authors > Dashiell Hammett

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author, credited for making popular the hardboiled detective genre.

Hammett used his first hand knowledge of the detective buisness to create complex and exciting plots and memorable and believable characters. He worked for the famed Pinkerton detective agency until tuburculosis forced him to find a less taxing form of work. His most famous novel, The Maltese Falcon, introduced Sam Spade, a surly, self-assured detective that defined the hard boiled character.

After a relatively short writing career of nine years, Hammett brought his works to Hollywood where a number of his characters and stories, especially Sam Spade, made the leap into immortality.

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Red Harvest

When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty -- even if that meant taking on an entire town.

Year: 1929     Genre: ActionHardboiled Detective

Secret Agent X-9

The Secret Agent X-9 strip was a dailies-only serial. This volume collects the complete Hammett/Raymond strips, plus the subsequent stories by Raymond and Leslie Charteris, famous himself for "The Saint" novels, as well as the Charteris stories drawn by Charles Flanders. Included are strips from January 22, 1934 through October 31, 1936.

Year: 1934     Genre: Hero Pulps

The Big Book of the Continental Op

Now for the first time ever in one volume, all twenty-eight stories and two serialized novels starring the Continental Op--one of the greatest characters in storied history of detective fiction.

Genre: Hardboiled Detective

The Big Knockover

This collection of short stories is worth buying just for the twenty-page introduction by Lillian Hellman, a long time friend of Hammett and the executor of his estate. She gives a unique perspective of Hammett beyond any of the biographical informati

Genre: Hardboiled Detective

The Continental Op

The Continental Op, the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives, unravels a murder with too many clues and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman in these stories.

Genre: Hardboiled Detective

The Dain Curse

The Dain Curse is one of the Continental Op's most bizarre cases, and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.

Year: 1929     Genre: Private Eye

The Glass Key

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 dozen's of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him?

Year: 1931     Genre: Private Eye

The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade, a slightly shop-worn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, stars in Hammett's detective fiction, a novel that has haunted several generations of readers. The Maltese Falcon is Hammett's most famous work.

Year: 1930     Genre: MysteryPrivate EyeStolen Goods

The Thin Man

Nick and Nora Charles are Dashiell Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

Year: 1933     Genre: Murder Mystery

Woman in the Dark

On a dark night a young woman seeks refuge at an isolated house. She is hurt and frightened. The man and woman who live there take her in. But their decency is utterly unequipped to deal with the Woman in the Dark, or with the designs of men who want her.

Year: 1933     Genre: Crime Fiction

May 27, 1894 -- Jan 10, 1961
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Stand Alone Novels

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Own Read Rating WishYear Title Genres & Tags

-- -- -- --1930The Maltese Falconby Dashiell HammettMysteryPrivate EyeStolen Goods
-- -- -- --1931The Glass Keyby Dashiell HammettPrivate Eye
-- -- -- --1933The Thin Manby Dashiell HammettMurder Mystery
-- -- -- --1933Woman in the Darkby Dashiell HammettCrime Fiction
-- -- -- --1934Secret Agent X-9by Dashiell Hammett and Alex RaymondHero Pulps


SERIES: Continental Op

My Library
Own Read Rating WishYear # Title Genres & Tags

-- -- -- --0The Big Book of the Continental Op Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --0The Big Knockover Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --0The Continental Op Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --19290Red Harvest ActionHardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --19290The Dain Curse Private Eye