DASHIELL HAMMETT NIGHTMARE TOWN PDF

Laconic coppers, lowlifes, and mysterious women double- and triple-cross their colleagues with practiced nonchalance. A man on a bender awakens in a small town with a dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts a brutal truth about her husband. Here is classic noir: hard-boiled descriptions to rival Hemingway, verbal exchanges punctuated with pistol shots and fisticuffs. Twenty long-unavailable stories by Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and the incomparable master of detective fiction.

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Laconic coppers, lowlifes, and mysterious women double- and triple-cross their colleagues with practiced nonchalance. A man on a bender awakens in a small town with a dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts a brutal truth about her husband. Here is classic noir: hard-boiled descriptions to rival Hemingway, verbal exchanges punctuated with pistol shots and fisticuffs. Twenty long-unavailable stories by Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and the incomparable master of detective fiction.

In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unraveling the dark mystery at its heart. In seven stories, the tough and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of the deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shows his uncanny ability to get at the truth. In three stories, Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes.

And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying. Hammett said that his ambition was to elevate mystery fiction to the level of art.

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was born in in St. He dropped out of high school after his freshman year and held a series of odd jobs—messenger boy,… More about Dashiell Hammett.

The stories are gritty and realistic, full of crisp, sparse dialogue. Read An Excerpt. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Available from:. Paperback —. About Nightmare Town Twenty long-unavailable stories by Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and the incomparable master of detective fiction.

Also by Dashiell Hammett. See all books by Dashiell Hammett. Product Details. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Praise " Nightmare Town , with its crystalline prose as spare as Hammett himself, is a welcome treat. Related Articles. Looking for More Great Reads? Download Hi Res. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Pass it on! Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later.

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Nightmare Town: Stories

So you think you have read everything by the master of detective fiction, huh? Just when you thought the well was dry and there was no more from the pen of this quintessential wordsmith there comes a collection of some of the best short stories that Hammett penned in his short, bright writing career. One of the interesting things about this collection is the broad display of characters. When one thinks of the literary writing of Dashiell Hammett, the Continental Op immediately comes to mind. Here in Nightmare Town, you will be introduced to a variegated display of fictional characters. In the title story, the protagonist is a rough, whiskey drinking adventurer who carries an ebony walking stick which he wields with great effectiveness.

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Review of Nightmare Town by Dashiell Hammett

Review by Robert Weibezahl. Dashiell Hammett wrote fiction for only 12 years, but in addition to four novels he produced hundreds of short stories for pulp magazines such as Black Mask and mainstream periodicals like Collier's and The American. Twenty of these stories, long unavailable, are collected in Nightmare Town. Overall these are not Hammett's best stories, but there is much to recommend them, not least of all Hammett's often imitated but rarely equaled prose style, marked by its oddly poetic cynicism.

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Nightmare Town

However, the setting is no adventure story environment, but according to Panek, a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah , "Izzard is the city in the desert whose iniquity leads to its own destruction. Hammett had hit upon a theme which he would develop in subsequent work, such as Corkscrew and his acclaimed novel, Red Harvest Hammett's work moved away from the drawing-room detective of the "Golden Age" of English detective fiction exemplified in the work of Arthur Conan Doyle , Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie. Steve Threefall accepts a bet with a hotelier in Whitetufts that he can drive a friend's Ford non-stop across the desert with no supplies but liquor. After two days driving, he careens through the main street of a desert boom town named Izzard, Arizona.

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