Sunday, May 19, 2024

Dashiell Hammett's Advice To Detective Writers

I’ve been a Dashiell Hammett aficionado since I was a teenager. 

I’ve read nearly all of his published work, including The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and his other classic crime fiction. And I’ve covered collections of his novels and short stories in my On Crime column for the Washington Times

The Library of America, the publisher of a double set of his work, offers a piece on the advice Hammett gave detective story writers. 

You can read the piece via the below link:  

Story of the Week: Suggestions to Detective Story Writers (

You can also read my Washington Times On Crime column on The Big Book of the Continental Op via the below link: 

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The Late, Great Crime Writer Dashiell Hammett 

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