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Dashiell Hammett

a.k.a. Samuel Dashiell Hammett, Peter Collinson *

Author Code: ADHX

Born: May 27, 1894 - St. Mary's County, Maryland, USA

Died: Jan. 10, 1961 - New York City, New York, USA

Hammett attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, but left when he was only 14 to help support his family. He held various jobs before joining the Pinkerton Detective Agency as an operator, much of his knowledge of detective procedures would have been gleaned from this experience. He resigned from Pinkerton's after the murder of Frank Little, an IWWW labour organiser. He served in the ambulance corps during WWI and contracted tuberculosis, which affected his health for the rest of his life. He rejoined Pinkerton's after the war and also wrote advertising copy to supplement his income. His first story, Arson Plus, appeared in Black Mask magazine in 1923 and introduced the Continental Detective agency and the detective Continental Op which would figure in many of his subsequent stories. In 1929, he introduced his now famous detective, Sam Spade, in The Maltese Falcon. Hammett's writing career was short-lived and ended in 1934 with The Thin Man. He continued after this writing screenplays in Hollywood and many of his novels were screened. During the 1930's, he joined the Communist Party and became a fierce opponent of Nazism. During WWII, he served for three years as a newspaper editor for the U.S. Army in the Aleutian Islands. In 1948, he became the vice-chairman of the Civil Rights Congress, an organization that the FBI was investigating for subversion and when, in 1951, the McCarthy witch hunts began, this came back to haunt him. He spent four months in prison for refusing to testify against party members, was blacklisted by the government which even went so far as to keep his books off the shelves of overseas American libraries. His income was attacked by the Internal Revenue and he suffered extreme difficulties in supporting himself. The remainder of his career was spent teaching creative writing at the Jefferson School of Social Science in New York, until 1956 when he became too ill to continue. He died of lung cancer in 1961, completely penniless. His other works included Nightmare Town (1925), Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), The Glass Key (1931), Woman in the Dark (1933) and Secret Agent X-9 (1934).

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ADHX028 $106,000 Blood Money 1927 31 196k eBook Download PDF - '$106,000 Blood Money' (ADHX028)   Download ePub - '$106,000 Blood Money' (ADHX028) Find a printed copy of $106,000 Blood Money by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX007 Afraid of a Gun 1929 8 130k eBook Download PDF - 'Afraid of a Gun' (ADHX007)   Download ePub - 'Afraid of a Gun' (ADHX007) Find a printed copy of Afraid of a Gun by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX002 Arson Plus 1923 14 152k eBook Download PDF - 'Arson Plus' (ADHX002)   Download ePub - 'Arson Plus' (ADHX002) Find a printed copy of Arson Plus by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX003 The Assistant Murderer 1926 26 196k eBook Download PDF - 'The Assistant Murderer' (ADHX003)   Download ePub - 'The Assistant Murderer' (ADHX003) Find a printed copy of The Assistant Murderer by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX014 Bodies Piled Up 1924 12 156k eBook Download PDF - 'Bodies Piled Up' (ADHX014)   Download ePub - 'Bodies Piled Up' (ADHX014) Find a printed copy of Bodies Piled Up by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX030 The Dain Curse 1929 138 537k eBook Download PDF - 'The Dain Curse' (ADHX030)   Download ePub - 'The Dain Curse' (ADHX030) Find a printed copy of The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX004 Death on Pine Street 1924 22 168k eBook Download PDF - 'Death on Pine Street' (ADHX004)   Download ePub - 'Death on Pine Street' (ADHX004) Find a printed copy of Death on Pine Street by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX020 The Farewell Murder 1930 33 210k eBook Download PDF - 'The Farewell Murder' (ADHX020)   Download ePub - 'The Farewell Murder' (ADHX020) Find a printed copy of The Farewell Murder by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX021 The Girl With the Silver Eyes 1924 30 242k eBook Download PDF - 'The Girl With the Silver Eyes' (ADHX021)   Download ePub - 'The Girl With the Silver Eyes' (ADHX021) Find a printed copy of The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX029 The Glass Key 1931 141 488k eBook Download PDF - 'The Glass Key' (ADHX029)   Download ePub - 'The Glass Key' (ADHX029) Find a printed copy of The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX017 The Golden Horseshoe 1924 25 222k eBook Download PDF - 'The Golden Horseshoe' (ADHX017)   Download ePub - 'The Golden Horseshoe' (ADHX017) Find a printed copy of The Golden Horseshoe by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX032 His Brother's Keeper 1934 12 158k eBook Download PDF - 'His Brother's Keeper' (ADHX032)   Download ePub - 'His Brother's Keeper' (ADHX032) Find a printed copy of His Brother's Keeper by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX018 The House in Turk Street 1924 15 171k eBook Download PDF - 'The House in Turk Street' (ADHX018)   Download ePub - 'The House in Turk Street' (ADHX018) Find a printed copy of The House in Turk Street by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX019 The Main Death 1924 18 178k eBook Download PDF - 'The Main Death' (ADHX019)   Download ePub - 'The Main Death' (ADHX019) Find a printed copy of The Main Death by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX025 The Maltese Falcon 1931 138 584k eBook Download PDF - 'The Maltese Falcon' (ADHX025)   Download ePub - 'The Maltese Falcon' (ADHX025) Find a printed copy of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX027 A Man Called Spade 1932 25 183k eBook Download PDF - 'A Man Called Spade' (ADHX027)   Download ePub - 'A Man Called Spade' (ADHX027) Find a printed copy of A Man Called Spade by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX012 The Man Who Killed Dan Odams 1923 9 130k eBook Download PDF - 'The Man Who Killed Dan Odams' (ADHX012)   Download ePub - 'The Man Who Killed Dan Odams' (ADHX012) Find a printed copy of The Man Who Killed Dan Odams by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX015 Mike, Alec or Rufus 1924 14 143k eBook Download PDF - 'Mike, Alec or Rufus' (ADHX015)   Download ePub - 'Mike, Alec or Rufus' (ADHX015) Find a printed copy of Mike, Alec or Rufus by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX010 Night Shots 1924 13 147k eBook Download PDF - 'Night Shots' (ADHX010)   Download ePub - 'Night Shots' (ADHX010) Find a printed copy of Night Shots by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX001 Nightmare Town 1925 31 224k eBook Download PDF - 'Nightmare Town' (ADHX001)   Download ePub - 'Nightmare Town' (ADHX001) Find a printed copy of Nightmare Town by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX006 One Hour 1930 11 137k eBook Download PDF - 'One Hour' (ADHX006)   Download ePub - 'One Hour' (ADHX006) Find a printed copy of One Hour by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX026 Red Harvest 1929 155 549k eBook Download PDF - 'Red Harvest' (ADHX026)   Download ePub - 'Red Harvest' (ADHX026) Find a printed copy of Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX016 The Road Home 1922 4 127k eBook Download PDF - 'The Road Home' (ADHX016)   Download ePub - 'The Road Home' (ADHX016) Find a printed copy of The Road Home by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX011 Ruffian's Wife 1925 12 156k eBook Download PDF - 'Ruffian's Wife' (ADHX011)   Download ePub - 'Ruffian's Wife' (ADHX011) Find a printed copy of Ruffian's Wife by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX005 The Second-Story Angel 1929 11 138k eBook Download PDF - 'The Second-Story Angel' (ADHX005)   Download ePub - 'The Second-Story Angel' (ADHX005) Find a printed copy of The Second-Story Angel by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX009 The Tenth Clew 1924 24 214k eBook Download PDF - 'The Tenth Clew' (ADHX009)   Download ePub - 'The Tenth Clew' (ADHX009) Find a printed copy of The Tenth Clew by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX031 They Can Only Hang You Once 1932 12 149k eBook Download PDF - 'They Can Only Hang You Once' (ADHX031)   Download ePub - 'They Can Only Hang You Once' (ADHX031) Find a printed copy of They Can Only Hang You Once by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX024 The Thin Man 1932 143 561k eBook Download PDF - 'The Thin Man' (ADHX024)   Download ePub - 'The Thin Man' (ADHX024) Find a printed copy of The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX013 Who Killed Bob Teal? 1924 14 146k eBook Download PDF - 'Who Killed Bob Teal?' (ADHX013)   Download ePub - 'Who Killed Bob Teal?' (ADHX013) Find a printed copy of Who Killed Bob Teal? by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX022 The Whosis Kid 1925 34 234k eBook Download PDF - 'The Whosis Kid' (ADHX022)   Download ePub - 'The Whosis Kid' (ADHX022) Find a printed copy of The Whosis Kid by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX023 Woman in the Dark 1933 36 220k eBook Download PDF - 'Woman in the Dark' (ADHX023)   Download ePub - 'Woman in the Dark' (ADHX023) Find a printed copy of Woman in the Dark by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks
ADHX008 Zigzags of Treachery 1924 36 233k eBook Download PDF - 'Zigzags of Treachery' (ADHX008)   Download ePub - 'Zigzags of Treachery' (ADHX008) Find a printed copy of Zigzags of Treachery by Dashiell Hammett at AbeBooks

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