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.
William Dufris began his audio career in London, England. He co-found the audio production company The Story Circle, Ltd in the UK. In the US, he founded Mind's Eye Productions and co-founded Rocky Coast Radio Theatre in addition to The AudioComics Company, for which he is producer, director, actor and engineer. Durfis was nominated six times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Awards. He garnered eighteen Golden Earphones Awards through "AudioFile" magazine, which honored him as one of The Best Voices at the End of the Century. Of his work, "AudioFile" said, "William Dufris commands a dazzling array of voices that bring to life the dozens of audiobooks he's narrated." His audiobook credits include many of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.'s works, such as "Days of Infamy "and "Pearl Harbor", in addition to George McGovern's "Abraham Lincoln", Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" and John Scalzi's "The Ghost Bridges".
Dufris acted on stage and in television and is best known as the original North American voice of the cartoon character Bob in Nickelodeon's popular children's show, "Bob the Builder". Additionally, he worked with legendary director Dirk Maggs on his audio drama productions of "Spider-Man."