The Complete Sam Spade: The Maltese Falcon and All Stories

Dashiell Hammett

"The stuff that dreams are made of".

This volume collects all the works featuring Sam Spade, the quintessential hard boiled detective including the iconic The Maltese Falcon, that has acquired cult status and has had four film versions including the Humphrey Bogart version that regularly tops most noir classic lists.

Alongside The Maltese Falcon which featured a memorable cast of characters in pursuit of a  jewel-encrusted statuette are the other stories starring the laconic Sam Spade in various shades of noir.

Dashiell Hammett's crime thriller and its hard-boiled hero Sam Spade influenced everyone from Chandler to Le Carré ... The Maltese Falcon is the Hammett novel that jumps from the pages of its genre and into literature "-- GUARDIAN

"His name remains one of the most important and recognizable in the crime fiction genre. Hammett set the standard for much of the work that would follow" -- INDEPENDENT

"The dean of the school of hard-boiled fiction" --NEW YORK TIMES)

"The first fully "hard-boiled" hero in American letters" --NEW YORKER

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 326
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357312318
  • Price : INR 499

Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett, (1894-1961), was an American writer who created the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. Hammett left school at 13 and worked at a variety of low-paying jobs before working eight years as a detective for the Pinkerton agency. He served in World War I, contracted tuberculosis, and spent the immediate postwar years in army hospitals. He began to publish short stories and novelettes in pulp magazines and wrote two novelsRed Harvest and The Dain Curse (both published in 1929)before writing The Maltese Falcon (1930), generally considered his finest work. It introduced Sam Spade, Hammett's fictional detective creation, played by Humphrey Bogart in the film version directed by John Huston (1941), which became a classic of its genre. He also wrote The Glass Key (1931) and The Thin Man (1934), which initiated a motion picture and later a television series built around his detecting couple, Nick and Nora Charles. Nora was based on the playwright Lillian Hellman, with whom he formed a romantic alliance in 1930 that lasted until his death. Her Pentimento (1973) has an account of their life together.

After 1934 Hammett devoted his time to left-wing political activities and to the defense of civil liberties. He served in World War II as an enlisted man. In 1951 he went to jail for six months because he refused to reveal the names of the contributors to the bail bond fund of the Civil Rights Congress, of which he was a trustee.

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