The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

The Thin Man ; Red Harvest

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The three classic novels published here in one volume are rich with the crisp prose, subtle characters, and intricate plots that made Dashiell Hammett one of the most admired writers of the twentieth century.

A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel. In The Maltese Falcon , Sam Spade, a private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, tangles with a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. The Thin Man introduces Hammett's wittiest creations, Nick and Nora Charles, who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. And in Red Harvest , Hammett's anonymous tough-guy detective, the Continental Op, takes on the entire town of Poisonville in a deadly war against corruption.

"Dashiell Hammett is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer."-- Boston Globe

"Hammett was spare, hard-boiled, but he did over and over what only the best writers can ever do. He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before."--Raymond Chandler

"Hammett's prose was clean and entirely unique. His characters were as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction."-- The New York Times

"As a novelist of realistic intrigue, Hammett was unsurpassed in his own or any time."--Ross Macdonald

"Dashiell Hammett's dialogues can be compared only with the best in Hemingway."--André Gide

"Hammett is one of the best contemporary American writers."--Gertrude Stein
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [2000]
ISBN: 9780375411250
0375411259
Characteristics: xliii, 644 p. ; 21 cm

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A treasure worth killing for. A shopworn private eye with his own code of ethics. A perfumed grafter, a fat man, and a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of this coolly glittering gem of detective fiction.


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JCLAnneG Aug 28, 2017

There's a reason why Dashiell Hammett is considered a master of the Noir field. The Continental Op is exactly what you expect - trench coat, flask of scotch, pistol, and coming in to clean up without worrying about the rules he breaks while doing so. I loved visiting Poisonville in Red Harvest. And reading about Sam Spade in the Maltese Falcon made me want to find all the old Humphrey Bogart classics and watch them at once.

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