Sunday, November 10, 2013

Unearthed Dashiell Hammett Tales Sparce But Riveting

Steve Stephens at the Columbus Dispatch offers a review of the new collection of stories from the late crime writer Dashiell Hammett.

“So I shot him.”

Who else but Dashiell Hammett could pull off that kind of opening sentence?

The line is from The Cure, one of 21 Hammett short stories and movie treatments collected in the newly released The Hunter and Other Stories.

Some of the best of the lot — The Cure, Faith, On the Way — have been previously published but never before included in a Hammett collection.

The rest of the hard-boiled stories, gleaned from his personal archives, have not previously seen print. A reader will soon understand why. Several are quite thin — really nothing more than character sketches built around the narrowest of plots — but what characters Hammett sketches!

You can read the rest of the review via the below link:

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