Dashiell Hammett is best known as both pioneer and master of American hard-boiled detective fiction, but these dozen and a half stories both affirm that reputation and present him in a different light. Along with the full-length screen treatments "On the Make" (which became the movie "Mr. Dynamite, "1935) and "The Kiss-Off" (the basis for "City Streets," starring Sylvia Sydney and Gary Cooper, 1931), this collection includes never before and rarely published stories that explore failed romance, courage in the face of uncertainty, hypocrisy, and crass opportunism.
Collected and edited by Hammett's granddaughter, Julie Rivett, and noted Hammett scholar and biographer Richard Layman, "The Hunter and Other Stories" is a trove of priceless literary gems from an American master storyteller.
Donna Postel reads the introduction, commentaries, and afterword; Ray Chase reads the sections "Crime" and "Screen Stories" and the appendix; Brian Holsopple reads the section "Men"; and Stephen Bowlby reads the section "Men and Women."
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.