xv, 174 pp. "The man who took murder out of the drawing room--and put it back in the streets where it belonged--wrote only a handful of detective novels. They are among the most memorable of the genre: 'The Maltese Falcon', 'The Thin Man', 'The Glass Key', 'The Dain Curse', 'Red Harvest'. All of these celebrated novels are fully covered here. But it was his short stories that Dashiell Hammett honed his prose to that lean, hard-boiled intensity that is its hallmark. Fully half of the book is devoted to the writer's pulp short stories, stressing the philosophy of life that later made Sam Spade--"the poker player of life"--such an unforgettable character."
Keywords: LITERARY CRITICISM DASHIELL HAMMETT MYSTERY WRITERS
Book club edition. Jacket lightly toned. Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., New York, 1984. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Fine/Near Fine. (Inventory #: 2191303)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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