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Publisher Comments:

Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman called the Whosis Kid.

Review:

"These tales show Hammett writing with the precision of a diamond cutter." Newsweek

Review:

"Everything in these stories moves like an express train, with bodies cluttering up the road." Chicago Tribune Book World

Review:

"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

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Steven Marcus vii
The Tenth Clew 1
The Golden Horseshoe 43
The House in Turk Street 91
The Girl with the Silver Eyes 21
The Whosis Kid 179
The Main Death 239
The Farewell Murder 271

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679722588
Author:
Hammett, Dashiell
Publisher:
Vintage
Illustrator:
Stone, Jeff
Editor:
Marcus, Steven
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Hard-boiled
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories, American
Subject:
Continental Op
Subject:
Continental op (fictitious character)
Subject:
Private investigators -- United States.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Vintage Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
Y-166
Publication Date:
19890717
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.14x5.10x.80 in. .59 lbs.

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"Review" by , "These tales show Hammett writing with the precision of a diamond cutter."
"Review" by , "Everything in these stories moves like an express train, with bodies cluttering up the road."
"Review" by , "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."
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