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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammett's Best Stories Collected in a Posthumous Selection, 30 July 1999
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Irresistible stories, expertly selected & introduced by Lillian Hellman. More compelling even than the other Hammett short stories collection, "The Continental Op" - which features a more conventional foreword & introductory remarks. Stories here are of a great variety, also of a wide timespan; and one of the best, I think, is the one "straight" story in the volume, 'Tulip': this is less hard-boiled than fascinating (if left in a fragmented form). All in all, one of the 20th century classics - not just in terms of classic mysteries, but of world literature; it can certainly compete with Hammett's finest novels such as "The Glass Key" or the similarly offbeat (since humorous) "The Thin Man".
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4.0 out of 5 stars There are some great stories in this book., 19 Dec 1997
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If you want to see Hammett playing around with the boundaries of his genre, read this book. It is great to see him give us the hard-boiled western, for example. One of the tales provides a glimpse at Hammett's life in his late 50's; its a rather weird autobiographical fragment. The rest are tightly packed knockouts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping collection of Continental Op stories, 14 Dec 1995
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Hammetts Continental Op loves his work, and his work
is manhunting. In this collection of short stories, he goes
up against Chinese gangsters, Balkan revolutionaries,
cowboys and more than a couple of spunky dames. This is
classic Hammett: sharp, detailed, and gripping. He never
misses a beat. Also included it "Tulip," a fascinating, but
slow semi-autobiographical piece.
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