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Book Title: The Return of the Continental Op|
The author of the book: Dashiell Hammett
Edition: Lawrence E. Spivak, New York
Date of issue: 1945
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Format files: PDF
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If you had read ‘The Maltese Falcon’, the first short story, ‘The Whosis Kid’ might look like a short draft for Hammett’s best novel. Hammett was supposed to have said that he was unhappy with this short story. I don’t know if one can technically plagiarize ones earlier stuff, but it looks like Hammett put some added bells and whistles and added a marvelous bird that may or may not exist and turned it all into one of the best detective novels ever written.
If you haven’t read ‘The Maltese Falcon’ then I am not going to say how the lead female characters in the first two stories are similar to the one in ‘The Maltese Falcon’. I will say that he must have met some interesting (in ways I can’t mention) women during his days as a Pinkerton detective. The Continental OP looks like a precursor to Sam Spade. I’m sure he has a name and personality to go along with the name, but I couldn’t find a name and his personality was limited to his own ethics and how he goes about the business of doing detective work.
Still if you like pulp fiction detective stories played against the background of the great depression where everyone is looking for something and some people are looking for something at someone else’s expense; then a hard charging detective who will unravel all the puzzles and crack a few heads in the short period of time it takes to read these stories will give you a good example of this type of fiction.
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Read information about the authorAlso wrote as Peter Collinson, Daghull Hammett, Samuel Dashiell, Mary Jane Hammett
Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hardboiled detective novels and short stories. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). In addition to the significant influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time" and was called, in his obituary in the New York Times, "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction."
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