By Dashiell Hammett
Dashiell Hammett is among the nice writers of yankee secret fiction, and a pioneer of the hard-boiled detective tale. He created iconic characters like Sam Spade and Nick and Nora Charles, and stimulated numerous different secret authors, together with Raymond Chandler. This assortment includes 38 of his brief tales, together with classics resembling the large Knockover and The Farewell homicide, in addition to all 5 of his novels, together with The Maltese Falcon and the skinny guy.
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