Previously only available serialized over seven issues of The Armchair Detective magazine, this examination is the single most influential book-length analysis of Dashiell Hammett's novels. Spanning all sections of his career, the book discusses five novels: The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, The Maltese Falcon, Red Harvest , and The Thin Man . Detailed analysis shows how the author and his work changed over time. Each novel is discussed in its own chapter with comparative criticism, and there is a list of resources for further reading and research. Additionally, this compiled text includes a new chapter in which the author discusses the impact Hammett has had on his own life.
George J. "Rhino" Thompson is the author of Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion and Verbal Judo: Redirecting Behavior with Words. He has also been featured on the network news programs of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC,as well as in the Los Angeles Times and New York Post. He lives in New York City. William F. Nolan is best known as the creator and coauthor of Logan's Run, a bestselling science fiction classic that was made into a hit film, a television series, and a sequence of comic books. He is the author of 13 novels and scores of short stories, and is the editor of more than two dozen books in the fields of science fiction, horror, western, and suspense. He is a two-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from the Mystery Writers of America and was voted the Living Legend for 2002 by the International Horror Guild. He lives in West Hills, California." Vince Emery is the editor of Lost Stories and the author of the bestseller How to Grow Your Business on the Internet. He lives near San Francisco.