from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hammett, Dashiell 1894-1961. American writer of highly acclaimed detective fiction, including The Maltese Falcon (1930) and The Thin Man (1932).

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  • n. United States writer of hard-boiled detective fiction (1894-1961)


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  • I have always thought you learn more of the private detective procedures in Hammett's "Op Stories," but Spade is the gold standard.

    Joe Gores - An interview with author

  • While I must agree with Guthrie that Hammett is often both.

    Allan Guthrie's 200 Noirs

  • In Red Harvest, we go as deep into a character's head as anywhere in Hammett's writing (except maybe the very late "Tulip") and the Continental Op never thinks of himself by name even then.

    ccfinlay: Two quick stories...

  • For example, Dashiell Hammett is one of my favorite authors; I've read everything he ever wrote.

    8-legged neuroses

  • In fashioning his pen name Hammett used a system all his own - what might be called the "Modesty Method."

    In The Queens' Parlour

  • Before his sentencing, Ali spoke in court and called Hammett's killing "a mistake."

    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Most Viewed

  • He drew on the extensive research of the period he'd done for his novel "Hammett," and he called on the aid of a network of allies.

    Successful Spadework

  • Mrs. Marshall changed her mind, though, when confronted with a notion regarding "The Maltese Falcon" put forth by Joe Gores, a Northern California author whose books include the 1975 novel "Hammett," and who like Mrs. Marshall's father worked as a detective before turning to a life of fiction.

    Successful Spadework

  • The roster of local writers reading excerpts from various crime novels was certainly a starry one, lead by Joe Gores who has published a huge pile of novels including "Hammett," along with a range of television and film work.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Mystery writer Joe Gores - a former San Francisco private investigator whose books include "Hammett," "Come Morning" and "Spade & Archer" - has died at age

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion


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