The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest

The Maltese Falcon The Thin Man Red Harvest Book Jacket Status Jacketed The three classic novels published here in one volume are rich with the crisp prose subtle characters and intricate plots that made Dashiell Hammett one of the most admir

  • Title: The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest
  • Author: Dashiell Hammett
  • ISBN: 9780375411250
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book Jacket Status Jacketed The three classic novels published here in one volume are rich with the crisp prose, subtle characters, and intricate plots that made Dashiell Hammett one of the most admired writers of the twentieth century A one time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett virtually invented the hard boiled crime novel In The Maltese Falcon, Book Jacket Status Jacketed The three classic novels published here in one volume are rich with the crisp prose, subtle characters, and intricate plots that made Dashiell Hammett one of the most admired writers of the twentieth century A one time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett virtually invented the hard boiled crime novel In The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade, a private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, tangles with a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime The Thin Man introduces Hammett s wittiest creations, Nick and Nora Charles, who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis And in Red Harvest, Hammett s anonymous tough guy detective, the Continental Op, takes on the entire town of Poisonville in a deadly war against corruption Dashiell Hammett is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer Boston Globe Hammett was spare, hard boiled, but he did over and over what only the best writers can ever do He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before Raymond Chandler Hammett s prose was clean and entirely unique His characters were as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction The New York Times As a novelist of realistic intrigue, Hammett was unsurpassed in his own or any time Ross Macdonald Dashiell Hammett s dialogues can be compared only with the best in Hemingway Andr Gide Hammett is one of the best contemporary American writers Gertrude Stein

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    • Rick Slane says:

      If you have not seen the movie or read the book, The Maltese Falcon is a must. I was never able to watch the film "The Thin Man", but now that I have read the book I am anxious to watch it. A retired detective and his rich wife are vacationing in New York City during the end of the year holidays. Some of their old acquaintances try to draw Nick Charles into a murder investigation he does not really want to be involved in any more than he has to be. This book is also highly recommended. Red Harve [...]

    • Dave says:

      All three novels spawned multiple film versions,with at least one classic film adapted from each novel. It is not surprising why. These are great stories with brilliant dialogue and unforgettable characters. What is surprising, however, is how dark and twisted the source material is. These are prohibition era stories about people who like to drink and stay up all night. The people they come in contact with are never considered the cream of society. Liquor and drugs and sex and blackmail and murd [...]

    • Kaethe says:

      The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett  8 August, 1997As Kat says, a tasty mystery novel, indeed, with vivid characters. Nick and Nora are the coolest couple ever. Two, smart, charming people who just happen to be ridiculously wealthy and having a fabulous life in Manhattan, with their dog. Solving the mystery is beside the point. Drinking and being witty is the point.***So I looked up "badger game" because I had to find out what was in the woman's past. "Ah", I though [...]

    • Robert says:

      Read all three straight through. Was happy to see that the screenwriters lifted the best dialog w/ mucking up from both Maltese Falcon and Thin Man. What the screenplays peeled off could easily have been trimmed from the books. Red Harvest was a cold read for me - interesting but I didn't find a single character worth investing in so enjoyed the action, the language, and didn't care who got shot.

    • Susan Pope says:

      Dullest book I have ever read. Who cares what color Sam Spade's pajamas are. That has nothing to do with the story. The movie was Much better.

    • Andrew Davis says:

      Contains three novels:- The Maltese Falcon - A detective story about a statue of falcon, which has been given to a king of Spain by the knights of Malta for letting them settle there. The statue has been made of gold and precious stones and had been covered in black substance to hide its contents. The statue has been sought by a group of unscrupulous people and resulted in three murders. A detective Samuel Spade gets involved and unravels the mystery.- The Thin Man - A good old-fashioned crime s [...]

    • Eastendleo says:

      Though this is a three novel compilation, I only read the first: The Maltese Falcon. Almost unreadable due to the sexism. Not inclined to read more.

    • Maureen says:

      awesome book

    • Martin says:

      This omnibus-type hardcover collects three classic Hammett novels. It's a great bargain when compared to what you'd pay if you bought the three novels separately. Maltese FalconCan't bring myself to give this book 4 stars (but I almost did!) I guess maybe because this story is so iconic (?) that I was expecting [much] more from it, and since my [high] expectations weren't met, I feel somewhat let down. I didn't like Hammett's Sam Spade nearly as much as Chandler's Philip Marlowe, for example. I [...]

    • Sandi says:

      Love Dashiel Hammett

    • Mherriges says:

      One down two to go! I thought I would start reading some of the classics and just finished The Maltese Falcon. I kept seeing Humphrey Bogart as Spade and all my story visuals were in black and white. I'm sure it had something to do with having seen the movie years ago. Still an enjoyable and rather quick story to read. I liked the style of writing. It seems like a lost art form. Less was more and you still got the picture!Just finished the Thin Man. Another fine read. I'm glad it wasn't another [...]

    • Rich Lenihan says:

      I read Red Harvest years ago after reading a review of "The World According to Garp" which stated that there were more deaths in Garp than in Red Harvest. The reviewer was exaggerating, I learned. I also learned that while other books might challenge Red Harvest's body count, they couldn't challenged its plot for convoluted intricacy. I reread it recently, hoping I could make more sense of the plot, and while it took me longer to get lost, I still lost the thread about 2/3 through. There are jus [...]

    • Bob says:

      I just don't like mysteries all that much, and I found the character of Sam Spade pretty inscrutable. He's presented completely from the outside, and it seems a realistic portrayal of a private eye. The dialogue wonderfully captured several different speech styles, and plot seemed believable. The Thin Man was much more to my liking, but I really enjoy charming drunks. The tough guy lingo "The shack's supply of canned goods didn't include anything that tempted us for bgreakfast. We made the meal [...]

    • Kluelos says:

      The movie was refreshingly the novel. I didn't think Hollywood had any idea how to do that, or just couldn't refrain from rewriting a bestseller into a mediocrity of a screenplay.Bogie was a good choice for Hammett's Sam Spade, but let's remember that this is Bogart at the beginning of his career -- that everything which may seem a personal or genre cliche is neither at this time. Not to take anything from Bogart as an actor, but this must have been an easy role for him to play. The character is [...]

    • Claire says:

      This kind of writing altogether does not appeal to me, though I particularly enjoyed going with my friend to see The Maltese Falcon at a cinema semi-recently.I slogged through the first fifty-four pages, but then I thought: what am I even doing if I'm antagonistic to the whole idea of opening it?I had thought maybe Hammett's writing could be better, but to me this seems about the same.A lot of people really enjoy this, so maybe I'd better spend my time on praising a story I like. But I wanted to [...]

    • Cyril says:

      I only read the Maltese Falcon because it is on Modern Library's list of greatest novels of the 20th century. I divide books into two categories: those that provide enlightenment, and those that provide entertainment. The Modern Library's list tends to fall in the enlightenment group. Although these categories overlap sometimes, I thought this novel was pure entertainment. I was surprised it made the list. It does provide a window onto life in the early twentieth century (clearly a man's world), [...]

    • Carole Moran says:

      I really liked The Thin Man, but the other two were rather ho-hum, IMO. I love the movie The Maltese Falcon, and it seems to follow the book very closely, but somehow the action in the book seems contrived and stilted. Red Harvest I didn't even finish. In The Thin Man, Nick & Nora Charles, are very spontaneous, flawed human beings who live a life of relative ease and drunkenness, yet manage to solve a rather intricate mystery plot. The witticisms make it an enjoyable read all by themselves, [...]

    • Sarah says:

      This counts as three books, 'kay? :)In January I overdosed on Dashiell Hammett and enjoyed almost every minute of the hardboiled detective prose. I think I prefered the first-person narratives the most.In RED HARVEST, the cast was quite large and I had to go back and remind myself who was who, but the twists and turns were great.The THIN MAN was kind of a house of cards plot, but I really enjoyed the banterLTESE FALCON was terrific, albeit a bit shocking/hilarious with the out of date sexism and [...]

    • Eric Suter says:

      I only read Red Harvest, which is the only new-to-me novel in the collection. I haven't read the others but, knowing the films very well, I decided to skip them in favor of something entirely fresh. I'm glad I did. I think the tendency to compare and contrast Hammett's writing with the screenplays and his characters with the manner in which they were realized on film would have detracted from the story. Hammett writes like a sharp jab. The story is full throttle plot. Even so, he manages to conv [...]

    • Tristy says:

      This collection has an excellent introduction by Robert Polito. He also includes a Chronology that is extremely helpful in placing the stories in context, both in Dashiell Hammett's life and in what was going on in history and politics, as well as in the literary world. Re-reading "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man" was like re-connecting with an old friend and this was my first time reading "Red Harvest," which really does have the highest death count of any book I've ever read. Hammett's w [...]

    • Ben says:

      Dashiell Hammett is the genuine article--his protagonists are hard-charging, hard-drinking, well-dressed, and well-armed men of few words. They have no illusions about the world in which they live, and their low expectations are rarely disappointed. These mysteries are great, as long as that's what you want to get yourself into. Three of them in a row was too much; I would recommend reading them alone, because they would be pretty enjoyable that way. The plots are twisted, the crooks are crooked [...]

    • Mike says:

      I'm not sure what I was expecting from Hammett, but I'm not sure this was it. Having never seen any of the movies based on his works, and hearing both them and the books talked up to such an extent, I went into this fresh and with what were perhaps unfair expectations. None of the stories were bad really, they just seemed kind of flat - almost rote and perfunctory. Maybe that's the fault of the genre itself, and again, maybe I just don't get it. This is something I'll have to re-read someday and [...]

    • David says:

      I really only read "The Maltese Falcon". I'd tried reading it a few months ago, and couldn't stand it. I think it was because I had just read (or given up reading) a mass-produced mystery in which the author spent an inordinate amount of time describing people's dress; when Hammett began doing the same thing I couldn't get around it. It didn't bug me this time.But:"It doesn't make any different what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it."Which is th [...]

    • Rory says:

      Hammett manages to create three great books, of very disparate styles. The Thin Man has streams of comedic gold throughout, and a light tone even with murder in the air. He also writes great crazy broads. The Maltese Falcon is the uber-detective story and just as great and complex as one could hope. The Red Harvest has great moments, and its centre is tough and compelling even though you can tell it is his earlier work. Definitely worth the read, and probably quite a few re-reads.

    • Rebecca says:

      This is just about the Maltese Falcon a good read. Silly, dark, all you'd expect from the noir genre this dude likely invented. I'm trying to increase the stature of San Francisco in my literary imagination, believing that this will help me have the sort of reckless love for SF that I still (albeit unrequited) harbor for NYC. It was merely a drop in that bucket. I did learn there used to be a Geary St cable car line.

    • Maggie says:

      These are some of the novels that made Film Noir so popular. Red Harvest and The Big Sleep have much in common, though I'd say Red Harvest is a little dirtier. You can feel the grit and tumbleweeds in this town.The Thin Man is one of my all-time favorite movies and this book adds a different quality. The film is still a 'must-see' because William Powell and Myrna Loy are so fabulously hilarious. The book is similarly witty. I love the Charles family.

    • says:

      Dash Hammett is the person who made me want to write. Clean style, emphasis on the characters, I was smitten. The Thin Man series is more of a romance than anything. Red Harvest is more of a collection that he did for magazines called the "Continental Op". It is an earlier work of his, but you should read it because you see how he finally cemented his style and was able to go forth and write full-blown novels.

    • Amanda says:

      So far, I enjoyed The Maltese Falcon. I really enjoyed The Thin Man. Nick and Nora are such charming characters, it's no wonder there were so many radio shows, movies, and television shows based on them. Red Harvest was a really hard story to follow. There were too many characters to keep track of. I even kept a list and still got confused! But, I'm glad I finished it. Red Harvest was definitely not my favorite one.

    • Brittney says:

      I have only read the Maltese Falcon, but I liked the style of writing so much that I want to read the rest of his. This book jumps back and forth and skips information. You never know what the main character is going to do next, but he always solves the case somehow. The outcome is definitely different than you would expect, but that makes it exciting. Great read.

    • Andrew says:

      The Maltese Falcon is a classic.The Thin Man left me a bit cold. It was a bit too convoluted for me liking and I just wanted bad things to happen to everyone. All at once.Red Harvest was a very pleasant surprise. I had a lot of fun with that once. Especially after the light-hearted antics of The Thin Man. Red Harvest is a bit nasty and dark.

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