DashiellDashiell Hammett ” Unplugged?” New Stories To Be Released Monday!

VIA Los Angeles Daily News – Reading Section below –


Unread Dashiell Hammett stories to be released in book by author’s local granddaughter



Fans of crime novels and hard-boiled fiction are bound to know the work of Dashiell Hammett.

The Maryland-born writer has been credited with creating the genre that’s defined by its gritty realism and urban settings with stories that usually center on a private investigator as the tough cynical protagonist and narrator.

Among his best-known crime novels are “The Maltese Falcon,” which was turned into a 1941 hit film starring Humphrey Bogart, and “The Thin Man,” which also became a film. Both were published in 1930.


But it’s his lesser-known work, which includes very few crime stories, that is the focus of a new book about the late author set to be released Monday by Mysterious Press-Grove/Atlantic.

Co-edited by his granddaughter Julie Rivett, “The Hunter and Other Stories” is a collection of 17 short stories and three screenplays that, until now, have either never been published or have rarely been published. The stories illustrate Hammett’s desire to be known as more than a crime writer.

“Like many genre writers, he didn’t want to be pigeonholed. He was trying to create literature in other ways,” said Rivett, a Los Alamitos resident who will be at the Gatsby Books store, at 5535 E. Spring St. in Long Beach, on Tuesday for a book launch event.


“He wrote some really nice sympathetic pieces dealing with women as central characters, he’s writing about men and their struggles with each other, so he was really trying to break out of that crime mold,” she said, referring to some of the stories in the new book.

The book was co-edited by Richard Layman, a South Carolina-based publisher and Hammett scholar who calls the volume “Hammett unplugged,” in the introduction to the book.


Hmmmmmmmmmm, cannot wait to read !  Mr. Hammett’s work is so succinct precise and fun in a mind twisting way.



” A rainbow formed in the cloud behind 2 bodies resting on a checkered picnic tablecloth spread over a patch of grass. “


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