The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest (Everyman’s Library)

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  1. 15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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    Classic Hammett, January 22, 2004
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    E. A Solinas “ea_solinas” (MD USA) –
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    This review is from: The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest (Everyman’s Library) (Hardcover)

    Dashiell Hammett is best known as the man who wrote “Maltese Falcon,” the classic noir mystery behind the classic noir film. That book is included here, along with the confusing “Red Harvest” and magnificent, polished “Thin Man,” two other crime novels by Hammett.

    The mysterious “Maltese Falcon” is at the center of international intrigue — and murder. Cynical Sam Spade and his partner Miles Archer are hired by a beautiful, seemingly helpless woman to find a man who she says has run off with her sister. Not only is the woman lying, but someone kills Archer. A slimy fop, a cultured gangster, and a breathy femme fatale are all in the same web of crime and murder, centered on a bejewelled bird called the Maltese Falcon.

    “Red Harvest” is the full-length novel introduction of the cool-as-ice Continental Op. He travels to Personville (or “Poisonville,” depending on your accent) to meet a client. Except the client has just been murdered. Rather than go home to San Francisco, the Continental Op meets the dead man’s wealthy father, and begins a one-man battle against the vicious gangsters who control Personville. But the death and mayhem draw him in, threatening his life as he struggles to stay afloat.

    “The Thin Man” was Hammett’s last and lightest novel. Nick and Nora Charles are a wealthy couple who have a weird kind of compatibility, but ex-private-eye Nick is through with crime solving. Or so he thinks. One day when Nick is out drinking, he encounters young Dorothy Wynant, daughter of peculiar inventor Clyde Wynant. Her dad has vanished, and soon his secretary/mistress is found dead. Nick finds himself sucked unwillingly into a sordid, messy crime that will leave more murdered bodies behind it.

    This collection shows the unevenness of Hammett’s writing at times. “Maltese Falcon” and “Thin Man” are complicated and polished, while “Red Harvest” is a dense mass of shootings, conspiracies and mysterious crimes. What they all have in common is tense, sparse writing, and hardened, cynical anti-heroes who are surrounded by other ambiguous characters.

    The three-pack of “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Thin Man,” and “Red Harvest” is a good way to introduce yourself to Hammett’s gritty, engrossing crime novels. Highly recommended.

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  2. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    a great collection, January 1, 2005
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    This review is from: The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest (Everyman’s Library) (Hardcover)

    The Maltese Falcon is a masterpiece. I love Red Harvest as well. The Thin Man isn’t quite as good, but it’s a lot of fun. All in all, reading this collection is a great way to spend a rainy weekend as I discovered.

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Handsome volume, November 17, 2010
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    This review is from: The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest (Everyman’s Library) (Hardcover)

    As books go, this one is quite attractive, especially without the dust jacket. It is printed and bound in Germany. This book contains three of Hammett’s most famous novels, and is therefore a better bargain than buying them individually.

    The Library of America also publishes a Dashiell Hammett collection that contains five novels, and is therefore more expensive. However, it is still a better bargain than buying them individually, and it is printed in the United States. It too is a very handsome edition.

    If you are a Hammett fan, go with the Library of America and you will get more bang for your buck.
    If, like myself, you are just interested in reading a few of Hammett’s more famous works, go with this version and save a few dollars.
    However, I would not recommend buying the paperbacks individually, the cost is too high and the books lack the quality of these hardbound editions.

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