Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Dain Curse / The Glass Key / Selected Stories
Dashiell Hammett

£12.99

With his diamond-sharp prose and artfully handled intrigue, Dashiell Hammett virtually invented hard-boiled crime fiction. This omnibus edition includes four linked stories – ‘The House in Turk Street’, ‘The Girl with the Silver Eyes’, ‘The Big Knockover’ and ‘$106,000 Blood Money – featuring the Continental Op, Hammett’s anonymous tough-guy detective. In The Dain Curse, the Op takes on a wealthy young woman who appears to be the victim of a deadly family curse. And in The Glass Key – Hammett’s own favourite among his works – we encounter his most cynical, morally ambiguous hero and a hard-boiled version of a love triangle. In the works collected here, we can observe the process by which Hammett both stripped crime fiction down to its most subtle and searing essentials and elevated it to high literature.

Hardback, 688pp
Everyman’s Library, 2007 (1930, 1931)
ISBN 9781841593074

Biography

DASHIELL SAMUEL HAMMETT (1894-1961) was born on a farm in southern Maryland, and grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. He left school at the age of fourteen, and after various jobs became an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. The First World War intervened, and Hammett soon turned to writing, becoming, during the 1920s, the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. The Maltese Falcon (1930), The Thin Man (1932) and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most famous novels.