Hammett
Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was an American author of hardboiled crime fiction. He is best known for creating the characters Sam Spade, Nick & Nora Charles and the Continental Op. Before becoming an author, Hammett was a Pinkerton agent, which he drew upon as an author. He said, “all my characters were based on people I’ve known personally, or known about.” Although he died in 1961, his career was over in 1934. He dedicated the remainder of his life to left-wing activism and anti-fascism.

Dashiell Hammett’s first published story was The Gatewood Caper, published in 1923. His first novel was Red Harvest, published in 1929. His final novel, The Thin Man, was published in 1934. All of his novels were originally published in 3-to-5 part serials in pulp magazines. Below is a list of Dashiell Hammett’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Red Harvest(1929) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dain Curse(1929) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Maltese Falcon(1930) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Glass Key(1931) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Thin Man(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Adventures of Sam Spade and Other Stories(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Man Called Spade and Other Stories(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hammett Homicides(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Yellow Women(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Knockover(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Continental Op(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nightmare Town and Other Stories(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dashiell Hammett: Crime Stories and Other Writings(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dashiell Hammett: A Retrospective Anthology(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vintage Hammett(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lost Stories(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Return of the Thin Man(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies


Creeps by Night(1931) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Red Brain(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Breakdown(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, 1921-1960(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crime Wave: Collected Nonfiction(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Big Knockover was also published as $106,000 Blood Money. Lost Stories also contains contributions by Vince Emery and Joe Gores. Creeps by Night was also published as Modern Tales of Horror.

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