Here are twenty long-unavailable stories by the master who brought us The Maltese Falcon. Laconic coppers, lowlifes, and mysterious women double- and triple-cross their colleagues with practiced nonchalance. A man on a bender awakens in a small town with a dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts a brutal truth about her husband. Here is classic noir: hard-boiled descriptions to rival Hemingway, verbal exchanges punctuated with pistol shots and fisticuffs. Devilishly plotted, whip-smart, impassioned, Nightmare Town is a treasury of tales from America's poet laureate of the dispossessed.
It is easy to see how Hammett's craft evolved from these short stories evolved into his full length classic.
For those looking for more Dashiell Hammett short stories, Nightmare Town Stories is the best resource after you have read The Continental Op and The Big Knockover.
This is an uneven collection; some storie are better than others as is natural in an anthology of an author's oeuvre.
This book has more darker stories than most of Mr Hammett's books. These are short mystery stories and I really liked them.Published 6 months ago by Kathy
20 stories from the twenties till 1975 in all types of settings. from cities to classical western surroundings. Read morePublished 15 months ago by peter h merz
This book contains stories written during different phases of Hammett's literary career. They mostly belong to the hardboiled genre, but their distict styles make it the most... Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by RIJU GANGULY
Gave this book to my wife, who loves Hammet, and when she was sick recently she comforted herself by reading it.Published on March 15, 2011 by Arthur Fox
For those looking for more Dashiell Hammett short stories, Nightmare Town Stories is the best resource after you have read The Continental Op and The Big Knockover. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by bearclawthedonut
i thought i had read everything by hammett until i recently stumbled upon this volume in an used bookstore. Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by alcibiades
The stories in NIGHTMARE TOWN were originally published back in the 1920s and '30s. They run the gamut in terms of quality, with some stories being as good as anything Hammett... Read morePublished on November 12, 2007 by Dash Manchette
Dashiell Hammett put together a collection of 20 of his short stories in Nightmare Town. These 20 stories give a perfect reflection of the classic detective noir genre that... Read morePublished on October 26, 2006 by jeanne-scott