This post is the eleventh in a series that I’ve been writing about the individuals that I view as the masters in my genre of choice, crime/detective fiction. I am a firm believer that you become better in whatever field you pursue by following those that excelled and paved the way before you.
Samuel Dashiell Hammett, an American author, wrote hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. He was also a screenwriter, and political activist.
He is best known for the characters Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) and Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man). Many regard him as the best mystery writers of all time.
Hammett worked for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency for seven years with a break during which he served in World War I.
Like many writers of his time, Hammett became an alcoholic before working full-time as a writer inspired by his work with the detective…
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