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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press; 1St Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802120504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802120502
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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By Glynn Young VINE VOICE on August 28, 2015
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Noir detective fiction reigned supreme in America in the 1920s and 1930s, and remained popular through most of the 1950s. And the author who was the acknowledged master of this genre was Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961).

The former Pinkerton detective turned to writing detective stories when he was afflicted with tuberculosis, a disease that would plague him most of his adult life. He wrote stories for “the pulps” – popular detective magazines and a series of novels that set the standard for noir fiction, and in fact likely still set the standard.

He published “Red Harvest” in 1929, followed by “The Dain Curse” that same year. Then came :The Maltese Falcon” in 1930, “The Glass Key” in 1931, and “The Thin Man” in 1934. The novels are written tightly and concisely, and are full of action, unexpected turns, and a fair amount of violence. (One of Hammett’s fellow noir writers, Philip Marlowe, gave this writing advice to authors facing writing blocks: “When in doubt, have to men come in the door with guns.”) A group of his stories was published as “The Continental Op.”

Hammett’s influence on writers – and on the movies – extended far beyond noir fiction. He’s considered so influential, in fact, that Library of America has published a volume of his novels and a volume of his short stories.

My first awareness of Dashiell Hammett was watching The Thing Man movies of the 1930s and early 1940s on television. Starring William Powell as detective Nick Charles and Myrna Loy as his wife Nora, the movies were widely popular when they were first released. If you’re familiar with the movies at all, it’s almost impossible to see anyone but William Powell when you read the Hammett novel.
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I love Dashiell Hammett and pretty much everything he's ever written. So, when I heard there was going to published two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick and Nora Charles(maybe only second in favorite characters created by Hammett behind Sam Spade) I was giddy as a horse high on caffeine. However, I hate reading plays and screenplays. Very much so! Well, that's what you'll be getting here folks. Not novellas in the normal format, but screenplays. When I opened this book to start reading I received a huge disappointment. Now, if this doesn't bother, then you may enjoy these novellas. I suspect, from the reviews I've read, that this is very subpar work by Hammett and makes me wonder how much of it is actually his writing. Anyway, this is just a warning for those, like me, who do not like reading stories in the screenplay type of format. Sadly, Mysterious Press should have advertised this as being screenplays for those unaware. Bad advertising!
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Dashiell Hammett is famous for rebuilding the mystery genre away from mere intellectual puzzles, into complex realms of psychological realism. But he only published five novels. So when a publisher claims to have discovered two previously unknown novellas in his personal papers, you can imagine the excitement among mystery fans worldwide. And I can imagine the disappointment they'll feel when they actually read these stories.

Hammett's fifth and final novel, The Thin Man, differs from his prior works in its sense of humor. The culture clash between hard-bitten, alcoholic Nick Charles, and his glamorous wife Nora's old-money world, enlivened by the kind of quick banter Hammett perfected, remains funny decades later. That's saying something, since humor doesn't age well. Not for nothing is the movie adaptation, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, considered classic.

But by the time The Thin Man hit shelves, Hammett had already grown bored of his own fame. Publishers, fans, movie studios, and paparazzi all thought they owned a piece of him. He felt estranged from the world he wrote about, and cared more about leftist politics than about his six-book contract, which remained incomplete at his death, nearly twenty years later. A known drunk with a razor tongue, Hammett was turning into Nick Charles.

These two novellas, written under contract for MGM, provide a glimpse into a mind on the verge of collapse. But calling them novellas does them, and Hammett, an injustice. These are screen treatments that the studio would turn into the movies After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man. And they look like exactly what they are, screen treatments. Hammett dedicates all his energy to action and dialog, and none to the atmospherics that make his novels so powerful.
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I have the movies but had never read the writings. I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look about the author and why the screen plays were ever written. In the movies you do not get the depth of the character's. Definitely should read either before or after watching the films.
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Emily Blunt over at BluntReview (dot) com says: Kids, this is not 'just' a novel. It is a smattering of Hammett goodies. If you enjoy reading plays, or are interested in what a screenplay looks like buy this immediately. The format on 'the stories' is not explained. So, if you order and expect a book of short novellas, yes, disappointment could swell. But, come on! It's Hammett. This one is for the fans. O'Neill's work too had after-death releases (finally) and just getting another chance to read your writer's work - for me - is worth the few bucks investment. Fans will love, crime readers will be put off. Screenwriters will see how it was formatted...
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