Complete Novels: Red Harvest / The Dain Curse / The Maltese Falcon / The Glass Key / The Thin Man

Complete Novels Red Harvest The Dain Curse The Maltese Falcon The Glass Key The Thin Man Complete in one volume the five books that created the modern American crime novelIn a few years of extraordinary creative energy Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel The five n

  • Title: Complete Novels: Red Harvest / The Dain Curse / The Maltese Falcon / The Glass Key / The Thin Man
  • Author: Dashiell Hammett Steven Marcus
  • ISBN: 9781883011673
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Complete in one volume, the five books that created the modern American crime novelIn a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishingComplete in one volume, the five books that created the modern American crime novelIn a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishing the ground rules and characteristic tone for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing Drawing on his own experiences as a Pinkerton detective, Hammett gave a harshly realistic edge to novels that were at the same time infused with a spirit of romantic adventure Each novel is distinct in mood and structure Red Harvest 1929 epitomizes the violence and momentum of his Black Mask stories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op, in a raucous and nightmarish evocation of political corruption and gang warfare in a western mining town In The Dain Curse 1929 the Op returns in a melodramatic tale involving jewel theft, drugs, and a religious cult With The Maltese Falcon 1930 and its protagonist Sam Spade, Hammett achieved his most enduring popular success, a tightly constructed quest story shot through with a sense of disillusionment and the arbitrariness of personal destiny The Glass Key 1931 is a further exploration of city politics at their most scurrilous His last novel was The Thin Man 1934 , a ruefully comic tale paying homage to the traditional mystery form and featuring Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated inebriates who would enjoy a long afterlife in the movies.

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    1. This Library of America Volume N° 110 contains the following five Hammett novels: 1. Red Harvest (January 2011) 2. The Dain Curse (May 11, 2012)3. The Maltese Falcon (March 2011)4. The Glass Key (May 15, 2012)5. The Thin Man (March 21, 2011)I read all five of these novels between January 2011 and May 2012. They were fantastic, but I wasn't super engaged in review writing. I've hyper-linked to my individual reviews for your viewing pleasure. I might need to go back and review Red Harvest and fle [...]

    2. RED HARVEST - started 03/01/2010, finished 03/12/2010. Amazing! This is sort of the granddaddy of the hard-boiled detective stories, as I understand it. These stories, while well-rooted in the mystery/detective fiction genre, actually seem to owe more debt to medieval tales of morality and heroism, as well as gritty western dramatic literature. A lone hero blows into a dusty town that is not what it appears, interacts with all manner of seedy and interesting characters, and acts out of questiona [...]

    3. I'm gonna be honest right up front and say that my favorite of these novels is The Thin Man. I read the others with interest, but I'm unlikely to read them again. The Thin Man may get added to my stack of comfort reading. (I think it's not a coincidence that nobody made more Sam Spade movies, but Nick and Nora had a very long life in Hollywood, even if in warped form.)So. Dashiell Hammett, generally considered the founder of the hard-boiled mystery genre. Having read his novels, my feeling is th [...]

    4. Red Harvest: 5 starsThe Dain Curse: 4.5 starsThe Maltese Falcon: 5 starsThe Glass Key: 4.5 starsThe Thin Man: 5 starsHighly recommended

    5. Hammett is credited with inventing the modern crime novel, noted for its gritty realism, punchy and sardonic dialogue, and frankly depicted violence. Hammett wrote all five of these seminal novels in a very brief period, beginning in 1927 and completing The Thin Man in 1933. He lived another 27 or so years and didn’t publish another novel or much else beyond some journalism and movie treatments. Illness, alcoholism, politics, and, one suspects, success are to blame. Red Harvest is the story of [...]

    6. This review is for The Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, and The Maltese Falcon. I was surprised to learn that Hammett wrote only five novels and only one of them had Sam Spade as a character. He is credited with being the creator, or one of them, of the hard boiled detective figure. He is also, I read, considered to be one of the finest mystery writers ever. Well, I enjoyed the books but more from a historical perspective. The detectives were certainly heavy smoking, hard drinkers (always with a fla [...]

    7. “The outcome of successful planning always looks like luck to saps.”This collects all five of Dashiell Hammett’s novels. The first two feature an unnamed operative of the San Francisco office of the Continental Detective Agency. The third is Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, the fourth is a gangster/detective solving a mystery sort of for his boss, the crime lord who runs the town, and the fifth is Nick and Nora in The Thin Man.It is possible that I have read some Hammett short stories bef [...]

    8. Complete Novelsby Dashiell HammettThere are five novels in this collection; Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key & finally, The Thin Man. The first two feature the anonymous detective of the Continental Op Detective Agency. The Maltese Falcon features Sam Spade, The Glass Key "tells the story of gambler and racketeer Ned Beaumont". The Thin Man features Nick and Nora Charles, a pair of dipsomaniacs; Nick, a retired detective & Nora a wealthy heiress. I was one p [...]

    9. The five stars is for Red Harvest. The rest (aside from Falcon) I can live without. Red Harvest is a revolutionary novel that more or less invented hardboiled detective fiction. Other lesser writers like John Carrol Daly had their own hardboiled dicks but Hammett was the real deal: a Pinkerton op who had seen the sleazy side of corporate greed and dedicated the rest of his life to criticizing it in his fiction and as a member of the Communist party. Hammett's intelligent use of detective fiction [...]

    10. I'm not sure if this was the first book I ever bought myself with my own paycheck (as a 15-year-old theater usher), but it was one of the first and is certainly the oldest one I still own. I picked it up again recently after exchanging tweets with Hannah about this piece in The Toast, and decided to reread The Dain Curse, the Hammett novel I remembered least well. In my memory it was weirder than it is -- I suspect the phony-occult aspects stood out more because they seemed so unusual to me then [...]

    11. Any of these books make a good read, but they aren't fine literature in the sense that Raymond Chandler is fine literature. Hammett's first psychological novel, "The Dain Curse," is over thought, but compelling, while his second attempt, "The Thin Man," falls all over itself and the random tawdriness of the protagonists distracts from the plot at large. Lots of red herrings, none of which are remotely compelling. Hammett's Sam Spade has half the soul of Chandler's Marlowe and a quarter the soul [...]

    12. I own this very book in hardback and have read it a couple of times. It's a very nice book with Bible-style pages. They are thin and prone to smudging so turn those pages carefully if you ever get yourself a copy. Hammett is probably one of my favourite writers of dialogue. I once kept a journal, writing down all of the fantastic phrases I came across in an attempt to speak like one of his character. I've grown up since then (only by a couple of years though). I someday want to write hardboiled [...]

    13. I haven't finished all of these stories, just "The Thin Man" and "The Maltese Falcon," but I would recommend getting the collection . . . The Thin Man was a quirky story (although a bit gimmicky). I really liked "The Maltese Falcon" quite a bit more. The pace was slower, with more narration and a bit less dialog, so the plot was a little easier to follow. I am in love with both protagonists, though if Sam Spade were real, he would win me over any day. The characters in the Maltese Falcon are GRE [...]

    14. Another San Fran impulse purchase. But come on, how many times can you buy a book from City Lights? I HAD to pick something up there, and I thought it was only appropriate to pay homage to a fella who not only left his mark on detective/crime writing but who also made the city such a huge part of his novels. (We actually ate at John's Grill - one of the settings in Maltese Falcon - while we were there - it was SO good!)

    15. Hammett is a master of the genre. I like his prose better than the other father of hardboiled crime, Raymond Chandler. It's nice, straight-to-the-point, and unadorned, though it avoids being staid or boring. There's a nice energy to it. I wasn't as impressed with The Dain Curse or The Glass Key, but Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon, and The Thin Man are all excellent.

    16. Finished Red Harvest 05/18, the Continental Op in Personville (Poisonville), CA. 05/21 The Dain Curse Continental Op again w/scientific escaped con father, warped step mother and strangely attractive, addicted & bewildered daughter. Also a religious scam. 05/22 finished The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade is ruthless, frequently amoral and treats women like dirt, but solves crimes the police find baffling. 05/24 finished The Glass Key. Ned Beaumont also is a babe magnet as well as the deeper think [...]

    17. Red HarvestDate I read this book: July 2nd, 2013★★★*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during Golden Summer (May-September 2013)The Continental Op has arrived in Personville, being sent by the Continental Detective Agency's San Francisco office for their new client Donald Willsson. After setting up their meeting, but before the arranged time, Donald Willsson is killed. The Continental Op approaches Elihu Willsson, Donald's father, to try to get to the bottom o [...]

    18. The Maltese Falcon - I feel I should have liked it more than I did, but not so. The Pacific OP, I find, more enjoyable. This one seemed like a little disjointed with a lot of filling in blanks by the reader. I did like Sam's attitude and some of the dialogue was crisp. Also the fact that it was written in a time when this type of writing was rare and risky, is amazing. But, it still didn't really click. I feel kind of bad making theses comments but

    19. Classic crime novels from 1920's and 30's.These would be good for a sociologist to study for its mores, lingo, and manners of interactions.Theme in the books: Many complicated goings-on with many betrayals.Sometimes there was too much explication and not enough action.

    20. Finally completed! Red Harvest and Maltese Falcon great. The Curse and Glass Key nothing to brag about. Thumbs down The Thin Man.

    21. My only previous experience with Dashiell Hammett (apart from the classic films made from his movies) was a short story featuring The Continental Op. I was a little surprised at the amount of dry wit that was mixed among the wisecracks - some of the humor is very nuanced. I also found his style to be more streamlined and plot driven in comparison to someone like Raymond Chandler who seemed to be more about style than plot coherency. Mr. Hammett sets the scene with concise bits of description, hi [...]

    22. This is such a good book. All five stories are full of strong characters and brilliant dialogue. The plots are well put together. The strength of the books are when people are talking to each other. Highly recommended

    23. Half-boiled--I only read Red Harvest and The Maltese Falcon in this collection, and thought they were mediocre stories written in clumsy prose at best.Red Harvest was too melodramatic for my taste with too many murders, its narrative momentum relying solely on the plot that gets repetitive and exhausting after a little while. I didn't understand all the kudos it got on , not to mention the place it received in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels because it was purely plot-driven without any hu [...]

    24. When I finished The Dain Curse, I had read all of Hammett’s novels at some point of my life. As noted below, they are not great novels (except for The Maltese Falcon), but great reads. The characters are unusual and for the most part the plots are twisted and always surprising. The primary detectives seem to possess a grim morality – it feels like they are begrudgedly moral. It’s not a happy morality, or one that they seem to believe in. It’s more of a street code or sense of honor that [...]

    25. I'd put the five Hammett novels into two tiers: at the top, and in best-first order, are Red Harvest, the Glass Key, and The Maltese Falcon, and next down are The Dain Curse and The Thin Man. The Thin Man is the weakest, I think, because of its semi-serious assortment of oddball characters and situations. Don't get me wrong, it's still a mighty fine book. The first three are 5-star all the way.Even reading these for the first time I feel various degrees of familiarity, not only because I've seen [...]

    26. Right now, I'm just reading Red Harvest for an online book discussion, but will probably get to the others at some point.Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett was the first novel featuring The Continental Op, a detective working for a concern not unlike Hammett's own former employer, the Pinkertons. The Op's name never appears, but his voice is distinctive. However, I still felt I didn't quite understand his character by the end of the book.The Continental Op arrives in Personville (a thinly-disguised [...]

    27. I'm surprised doesn't have a cover image for this book, as there is a recent edition of it. My copy is from 1967 and has wonderfully thick, soft, cream-colored pages. I read the stories in order of descending merit, as judged by a seemingly knowledgeable reviewer, and I mostly agreed with his judgements. I thought The Glass Key better than The Maltese Falcon, followed by Red Harvest, The Thin Man, and The Dain Curse. As a big fan of Raymond Chandler, who was a fan of Hammet's, I was disappoint [...]

    28. Hammett, Dashiel. RED HARVEST. (1929). ***. This was Hammett’s first novel, and featured his protagonist, the un-named Continental Op. There have been copycats down the years – e.g Bill Pronzini and his “nameless detective” – but Hammett got away with this all through his writing career with short stories for the pulps, particularly “Black Mask.” In this novel, our detective from San Francisco goes to a western town and ends up taking on the job of cleaning it up. Everyone in the [...]

    29. The father of American hard-boiled detective fiction, Hammett is definitely worth the read. A combination of intellectual suspense and hard-hitting action, his works continue to enthrall. “The Maltese Falcon” is a true classic that is even better than the film, as hard as that is to image. “Red Harvest” keeps on engaged by the non-stop action and cunning tactics of its hero, the perpetually unnamed Continental Op. “The Dain Curse” is one of the greatest mystery novels ever, with surp [...]

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