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ISBN: 0394239024
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Inc (P) (June 1989)
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.5
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The Continental Op is a fictional character created by Dashiell Hammett. He is a private investigator employed as an operative of the Continental Detective Agency's San Francisco office.

The Continental Op is a fictional character created by Dashiell Hammett. The stories are all told in the first person and his name is never given. The Continental Op is a master of deceit in the exercise of his occupation

He grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Only 13 left in stock (more on the way). He grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Hammett left school at the age of fourteen and held several kinds of jobs boy, newsboy, clerk, operator, and stevedore, finally becoming an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. Sleuthing suited young Hammett, but World War I intervened, interrupting his work and injuring his health. When Sergeant Hammett was discharged from the last of several hospitals, he resumed detective work.

Every Op story in DASHIELL HAMMETT: CRIME STORIES AND OTHER WRITINGS is good, if not great. In the product department the consumer gets his money's worth, excellent fiction on nice paper expensively bound.

Listen to books in audio format. Whether chasing hoodlums or solving impossible murders, Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op is one of the toughest detectives in the history of crime fiction. The Continental Op is going over his expense reports when a raw-boned man staggers through the door of his office, stretches out his arms, and dies. As the stranger falls to the floor, he utters a final word: Hell. It’s apt, because this man’s death will drag the Op right into the inferno.

The author is Dashiell Hammett, who is widely considered to be the father of the hard-boiled detective story, and . The Continental Op stories and novels are prototypical hard-boiled sleuthing. The police, by and large, are still to be trusted. The women aren’t really nearly as dangerous.

The author is Dashiell Hammett, who is widely considered to be the father of the hard-boiled detective story, and, by extension, film noir.

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Complete in one volume, the five books that created the modern American crime novelIn a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel.

Hardboiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories. Complete in one volume, the five books that created the modern American crime novelIn a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel. The five novels that Hammett published between 1929 and 1934, co. Crime Stories and Other Writings. by Dashiell Hammett · Steven Marcus.

The Continental Op book. The Continental Op is a collection of short stories starring Dashiell Hammett's detective character, The Continental Op. Here are just some of the tales contained within. The Tenth Clew: Millionaire Leopold Gantvoort is found dead and signs point to the mysterious Emil Bonfils.

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Dashiell Hammett (alnog with Raymond Chandler) is the father of noir. Hammett's other stories featuring the Continental Op (Red Harvest) I didn't particularly care for - I much preferred Hammett's Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon). Had I read this collection of short stories first, I am certain I would've felt differently about the character. The main character (and narrator) is never named - rather, he is simply referred to as an operative for the Continental Detective agency (hence the moniker "Continental Op".) Stocky, clever and ruthrless, he is a tough a shoe leather, but lacks the witty banter and dry humor of Spade or Chandler's Philip Marlowe. Nonetheless, the stories are tremendously entertaining.

In _The Continental Op_, there are 7 short stoes running through a variety of cases - missing persons, fraud, stolen property and even murder. Each is a suprise, readers (like the Continental Op himself), often caught off guard regarding how the story will turn out. "The House in Turk Street" and its sequel, "The Girl With the Silver Eyes" are particular favorites, as Hammett has us believing we are on one case before we (and the Op) find ourselves involved in another case entirely. It is simply brilliant storytelling.

As with Hammett's other stories, the writing is delicious ("the road looked like a seal's back in the rain") and his description is as dark as it is vivid ("His body was arched, as if its weight rested on his heels and the back of his head. A knife handle that couldn't have been less than six inches long stood straight up in the air from the left side of his chest.") There is a reason why after over 75 years people still read (and re-read) Hammett and why he has such legion of fans. _The Continental Op_ is my new favorite Hammett book. If you haven't read any of his stories before, this is the book I would recommend you read as an introduction to him.
Vishura
Despite being first person point of view stories, these are nonetheless exciting and interesting. The Op's sardonic humor is a great touch in the narrative. Hammett's writing style is straight-forward, direct and not heavily laden with unnecessary descriptions. The language is modern but you do get some criminal slang thrown in.

"The Tenth Clew" is a whodunit story, but in the age of the internet, it is a bit dated. With "The House on Turk Street" we get dropped into the action (and it is never really clear to me what the case is), and introduced to the femme fatale that later appears in "The Girl With the Silver Eyes". Imposters crop up again in "The Golden Horseshoe". "The Main Death" illustrates the Op's pragmatic nature and his flexibility when it comes to the law. Double-crosses galore occur in "The Whosis Kid". The final story in the volume is "The Farewell Murder". In the last story, the Op is scrambling to find evidence to link the murderer to the crime.

Note, this isn't the complete set of Continental-Op stories. They are spread throughout a variety of collections, but it is a great introduction to the character! A highly recommended collection by one of the masters of the genre.
Dagdatus
This is one of my favorite collections of short stories, and also one of my favorite characters. Terse, remorseless, intent on seeing justice done, the continental operativeis is almost an antihero. Each one of the stories is the gem. I only wish that they wete each novel length. This is noir at its finest, Not a word out of place, and not one unnecessary phrase or description, This is raw and perfect in its simplicity. Hammett's stories convey more with grim sentence than a lot of writers can in a paragraph. Now that you are has made a comeback, it would be great to see this character turned into a movie someday.
Modred
Hammett invented the detective story as we know it. He took it from the parlor and put it on the street. You can see his genius in this compilation. His prose was terse. Laconic. Unwaveringly on point. Even as he traversed the endless labyrinth of the criminal mind, having prowled those corridors for years.

He got it from being an actual detective writing brief case-summaries on typical yet extraordinary cases. Yet he went on to supply a lyricism and a creative and dramatic flair that were particuarly his own. He saw the color even as he navigated the lines. He put on the show even as he witnessed and unraveled it.

You never know where you are going on a Hammett caper. And you will never end up where you think you should. But it will always be where you are supposed to go. Just keep your eyes open along the way.

It is not Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes at work here. Rather, it is the truth of the street. Perceived through an eye that knew every kind of crime and criminal and character and semi-innocent bystander there was. There is never anyone totally innocent or wholly heroic in a Dashiell Hammett story, just as life itself --

He invented film noir, the hardboiled style, the realistic detective story. He clearly influenced Hemingway and Faulkner. Indeed, he is at the foundation of almost all modern American storytelling. And most people don't even know who he is ... Ah well, genius will out, just as criminality, to the discerning eye.

Perhaps it is a crime to be so good.

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