Tag Archives: “Death and Company”

Hammett: Almost Complete, If Spread Thin, Man. . .

Image above: one cover from the new set of eBooks collecting the Op short stories. My morning inbox featured Michael S. Chong sending along a link to an interview about the series. I’ve known for a few months that some … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Going Op Crazy

If you want to see a bunch of covers from issues of Black Mask where Op yarns appeared, plus covers from various editions of Op books foreign and domestic, Old School and more recent, then surf over to Evan Lewis’s blog … Continue reading

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Hammett: “The Gatewood Thing” Caper

Today is the 54th anniversary of the death of Dashiell Hammett — and starts us toward the five year marker for this blog (although the website itself kicked off in late 2000 — hey, a fifteen year anniversary!). As a mini-memorial, how about a … Continue reading

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891 Post: And More on 895 Post

How about another 891 Post post? Eighteen people hauled out for the walk on September 21, including Warren Harris of Midget Bandit Week fame (so naturally I had to do lots of extra coverage of Edwin Ware) and a guy named … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More on Alice Speed Stoll

A year ago, this very month, our Guest Blogger veteran Terry Zobeck explored the references to real life kidnappings in various incarnations of the Hammett story “Death and Company” — which included the 1934 Alice Speed Stoll caper. Just got … Continue reading

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Hammett: More “Corkscrew”

Add Evan Lewis to the list of people — alongside me, Terry Zobeck, Lillian Hellman —who dig the Hammett western satire “Corkscrew.” He just put up a post talking about it and the other contents of the Dell Mapback Nightmare … Continue reading

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Hammett: Thoughts on “House Burglary”

Wrapped in its art deco cover, the lost interview with Hammett from 1929 that Terry Zobeck located — “House Burglary Poor Trade” — is the author at a peak. Still writing for Black Mask. Not yet Hollywood. Charming, and willing to answer … Continue reading

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Hammett: More “Op” Coinage

After his first stab at tracking down when the term “The Continental Op” came into play, Terry Zobeck returns to the pulps and books to search for more clews. When last seen he had found the Continental Op — cap C, … Continue reading

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Hammett: Coining “The Continental Op”

Was it Cap Shaw? Was it some unheralded editorial assistant? Terry Zobeck plunged into his Black Mask collection to check on who first used the coinage “The Continental Op” to describe Hammett’s short fat Frisco sleuth. That’s with a capital … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Complete Op

Say what you will about Frederic Dannay — and we’ve said so much about him on this site that his name is threatening to take over the Tag Cloud — but at least in his ten collections of Hammett’s shorter fiction … Continue reading

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