Dashiell Hammett is one of my favorite crime writers. I've read nearly everything he has written and nearly everything written about him.
Back in 2018, I reviewed The Big Book of the Continental Op for the Washington Times.
The Big Book of the Continental Op offers a collection of short stories about a nameless private detective who worked for the Continental Detective Agency. The stories were written by a former private detective who became a giant writer of crime fiction – Dashiell Hammett.
You can read the review via the below link or the below text:
Some months ago I visited my daughter and her Air Force husband in California. We visited San Francisco and saw Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and other well-known attractions. Although I had never been there before, I had a sense of familiarity. This was Dashiell Hammett’s town. I grew up reading Mr. Hammett’s crime stories and San Francisco appeared prominently in many of the stories.
The late Dashiell Hammett, the author of "The Maltese Falcon," "The Thin Man," and other classic crime novels, began his writing career punching out short stories for Black Mask magazine.