A unique publication from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, "The Hunter and Other Stories" includes new Hammett stories gleaned from his personal archives along with screen treatments long buried in film-industry files, screen stories, and intriguing unfinished narratives.
Hammett is regarded as both a pioneer and master of hard-boiled detective fiction, but these dozen-and-a-half pieces, which explore failed romance, courage in the face of conflict, hypocrisy, and crass opportunism, show him in a different light.
The title story concerns a dogged PI unwilling to let go of a seemingly trivial case, and the collection also includes an unfinished Sam Spade story and two full-length screen treatments: On the Make, about a corrupt detective, and The Kiss-Off, the basis for "City Streets" (1931), in which Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sydney are caught in a romance complicated by racketeering's obligations and temptations. Rich in both story and character, this is a volume no Hammett fan should do without.
About the Author
Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894 January 10, 1961) is widely recognized as one of the finest mystery writers of all time and, along with Raymond Chandler and others, is considered to be a founder of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. Hammett drew heavily on his experience as a Pinkerton operative to create such indelible characters as The Thin Man s Nick and Nora Charles, Sam Spade, and the Continental Op. Among his best-known works are The Maltese Falcon, Red Harvest, and The Dain Curse, all of which have been adapted for film or television.
Richard Layman is the author of several books on Dashiell Hammett, including "American Masterpieces: "The Maltese Falcon, "Dashiell Hammett: A Descriptive Bibliography," and "Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett." He has been nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for editing S"elected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, 1921-1960," He is also vice president of the publishing company Bruccoli Clark Layman Inc., which produces reference works in literary and social history, and is the editorial director for the Dictionary of Literary Biography series. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina.