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Who Killed Bob Teal? and Other Detective Stories by Dashiell Hammett (Civitas Library Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Dashiell Hammett
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WHO KILLED BOB TEAL? AND OTHER DETECTIVE STORIES contains fifteen detective tales by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961). Often regarded as one of the United States' most successful detective writers, Hammett created the characters of Nick and Nora Charles (THE THIN MAN) and the hard-boiled detective Sam Spade (THE MALTESE FALCON).

• The Assistant Murder
• Arson Plus
• Who Killed Bob Teal?
• Afraid of a Gun
• Bodies Piled Up
• Death on Pine Street
• Mike, Alec, or Rufus
• Night Shots
• Nightmare Town
• One Hour
• Ruffian’s Wife
• The Man Who Killed Dan Odoms
• The Second-Story Angel
• The Tenth Clew
• Zigzags of Treachery


Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Civitas Media LLC; 1st edition (May 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085ZL7XG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 early, but good, Hammett stories May 27, 2012
UPDATED 07-20-13: This is an enjoyable collection of pulp tales (with an active TOC) by a master of detective fiction. The "Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection" calls Hammett "the most important member of the hard-boiled school of fiction," and while these tales are neither his best nor most famous, they are still quite entertaining. A similar, dollar set of 16 Hammett stories was once available in the kindle Store; it contained these same 15 stories plus one more ("The Road Home"). That's the set I bought, but I cannot recommend that one to you because it is no longer available.

There is recently, however, another Hammett collection you may wish to compare to this one. "The Hammett Megapack" from Wildside lists 20 stories and also costs a buck (and the formatting is, quite frankly, more to my liking). But that set does NOT contain the substantial (70-ish page) story, "The Assistant Murderer" (which this one does), probably because that story is already included in Wildside's "Detective Megapack." ("The Assistant Murderer" is also available by itself for as much as $2.99 in the Kindle Store.) The additional stories in the Megapack ("The Road Home," "The New Racket," "The Wages of Crime," and "Night Shade") are very short, with two of them ("Parthian Shot" and "Immortality") each being merely a paragraph long. Nevertheless, because they're by Hammett, they are desirable.

So, of the two competing collections, if I were only willing to spend ONE dollar, I'd get this one for "The Assistant Murderer" and the other 14 Hammett stories it contains. But if I were willing to spend TWO dollars, I'd purchase BOTH of the aforementioned Megapacks to get the greatest number of Hammett stories (plus a batch of tales by other authors). Either way, of course, you can't really go wrong because, for very little money, each provides a good many, hard-boiled detective stories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a detective fan- you have to get this December 23, 2012
By Rick J.
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Actually, good bad doesn't matter- if you read detecvtive stuff, and enjoy it- then you have to get Dashiell literate. He is a master of the form. This is a collection of short stories. Bear in mind this is 1920's stuff and reads like some of hids earlier stuff- almost dated (in fact it IS dated). But the way he uses language, and the complexity of the stories is classic stuff. If you are not a fan, forget everything I just said! For an inexpensive kindle book- this is pretty well done (featured- contents etc)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good pulp mystery shorts with good Kindle formatting November 13, 2012
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If you enjoy early 20th century pulp mysteries, it's hard not to like Dashiell Hammett's short stories. This is a comprehensive selection of them. Interesting, fast-paced, entertaining.

The Kindle formatting is above average for fiction that I have purchased for my Kindle4 Touch. The Table of Contents is active, chapter headings are clear and separate from other text, and as a nice touch between each chapter is a hypertext word: "Contents". Just touch it and you go to the TOC. It is obvious that the text originated in an optical scan but most--not quite all--of the weirdness of such scans has been corrected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good who done its April 15, 2013
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Dashiell Hammett is a classic mystery writer with clean, descriptive prose and intriging story lines. One of the short stories in this book kept me awake when I was hoping for sleep. Now that's good writing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammet Is Like Fine Wine ...Aged to Perfection January 29, 2013
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Not all of the stories in this collection are up to Hammet's normal standard, but most of them are, and they are a fun read! If you're looking for non-stop, slam bang action thrills, give this one a pass. But if you enjoy nuanced characters and a peek into the past, then this is for you. This is where detective fiction got its start and it is a lovely beginning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Teal is alive! September 25, 2013
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It is a certain paradox, that although these stories are early, they are relatively "new" to contemporary fans of Hammett, most of them appearing in Nightmare Town: Stories in 1999, twenty-five years after The Continental Op, and thirty-three years after The Big Knockover: Selected Stories and Short Novels. I remember my amazement, particularly when I first read "The Assistant Murderer," that such good stories were lying on the table, so to speak. These stories are the opposite of corny- most of them. My original hypothesis was that, if one read these stories in chronological order, one would see a fledgling writer developing his own style, practically from story to story.
That's not quite the case, but if anyone besides me was a little nonplussed to see Bob Teal alive and well and working his (cigarette) butt off in the last story, "Zigzags of Treachery," here is a list of the stories in the order in which they appeared:
Arson Plus, Oct. '23
Second-Story Angel, Dec. '23
Bodies Piled Up (aka "House Dick"), Dec. '23
Tenth Clew, Jan. '24
Dan Odams, Jan '24 (Black Mask was semi-monthly for a while)
Night Shots, Feb. '24
Afraid of a Gun, Mar. '24
Zigzags of Treachery, in the same issue as above
Women, Politics, and Murder, (aka "Death on Pine Street") Sept. '24
Who Killed Bob Teal?, Nov. '24
Nightmare Town, Dec '24
Mike, Alec, or Rufus, Jan. '25
Ruffian's Wife, Oct. '25
Assistant Murderer, Feb '26
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Hammett's action-packed style and colorful characters make movies in my head as I read. Fun stories for the murder mystery buff - I love the detective crime theme.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars they can still be read with enjoyment. Perhaps if you ignore their...
Perhaps this is subjective, but I'm inclined to think of Hammett as being more ,significant in the evolution of English language literature than Hemingway. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Samuel D. Uretsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A lot like an old movie. Well written, interesting twists.
Published 1 month ago by Curtis E Rodgers
2.0 out of 5 stars Over loaded
To many stories in one package
Published 1 month ago by constance hedgepath
5.0 out of 5 stars The Continental Op - fiction's most authentic detective
Mention Dashiell Hammett and people think of Sam Spade or Nick and Nora Charles, but the majority of Hammett's novels and short stories feature a much more unusual character - the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Whistlers Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
Entertaining. Private eyes, detectives, cops, dicks (old use of that word), bad guys vrs good guys! Light reading and enjoyable.
Published 3 months ago by tiptoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hammer always is a great read
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Different
When a guy, or gal, is a fan of hard-boiled stories and has read all the basics by Mr. Hammett, it's good to find some of these less-often seen stories that show the muscle and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patton Browne
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hammett!
I've always loved the mysteries from the 30's and 40's by Hammett, Chandler, Queen, and their contemporaries from the pulps. Read more
Published 7 months ago by BigMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Killed Bob Teal? ...by Dashiell Hammett
This is a well-written, fast-reading collection of detective stories written by a master of such stories. He invented the character Sam Spade and other famous detectives. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dogboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good detective stories
I was happy to read a number of good detective stories that are collected in this book. My only regret is that the stories weren't in order. That was a minor annoyance. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Les Stockton
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